European Union and United Kingdom agree on text of withdrawal agreement

British Prime Minister Theresa May listens as Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis speaks at the start of their meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London. Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain

British Prime Minister Theresa May listens as Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis speaks at the start of their meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London. Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain

However, the Government remains extremely nervous that Mrs May will not be able to win enough votes for the proposal in Westminster.

While she said there won't be "an agreement at any cost", she emphasised how "any deal must ensure we take back control of our laws, borders and money". At the weekend, Jo Johnson, the Transport Minister, resigned, arguing that the strategy - dubbed the "Chequers Deal" - would leave Britain economically weakened.

If May's cabinet signs off on the deal, it would be sent to the E.U. for approval, and subsequently require the blessings of the European Parliament and British lawmakers.

But Boris Johnson tore into "stage managed delays" to the Brexit process, saying people should not be "fooled by this theatre" and a "surrender" by the government is imminent. "It is a betrayal of the Union", he said.

"White flags have gone up all over Whitehall. It is a betrayal of the union".

The Democratic Unionist Party has just 10 seats in Britain's House of Commons, but it has outsize power.

She said the DUP would oppose "a deal which weakens the union".

A sticking point in talks has been Britain's insistence that any such customs arrangement must be temporary.

They, and Ireland in particular, will be relieved to see something Brexiteers will not like at all - that the EU will decide alongside the UK if and when the backstop arrangements need to kick in and also when they can be terminated and superseded by a new EU-UK trade deal.

They also say the Leave campaign's promises to increase funding for the country's health service and strike more favourable trade deals with non-EU countries were dishonest.

But Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry said that "an open-ended backstop" is "critical to protect the Good Friday Agreement and to avoid a hard border".

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Defending his acceptance of a review mechanism, Mr Varadkar noted that the Good Friday Agreement has one.

France's European Minister Nathalie Loiseau confirmed that the sides had finally made "substantial progress".

However, EU sources suggest that they have moved all they can and that it is now for May to either accept the deal on the table or not.

"This side of the Channel we are very happy with a balanced solution to the Northern Irish dilemma", said Tom Vandenkendelaere, a Christian Democrat member of the European Parliament.

So, could there still be a special Brexit deal summit called this month as Theresa May so hopes?

The EU and the United Kingdom need an agreement to keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trading bloc and the United Kingdom, home to the biggest global financial center.

Irish sources are confident the solidarity shown by the EU27 since the referendum in June 2016 will be maintained.

UK Cabinet ministers were invited to read the papers relating to the draft deal on Tuesday night ahead of Wednesday's special meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May's senior team.

"Cabinet will have to decide within the next few weeks whether no-deal is to be its main planning scenario for exit", a United Kingdom official said.

However, there are growing fears of Britain leaving the bloc with no-deal - either through lack of movement on negotiations or that the United Kingdom parliament won't accept the deal Theresa May presents to MPs.

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