British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday night that her government has validated the draft Brexit agreement, concluded the day before with Brussels.
This is a decisive step in the finalization of the divorce. In her short statement in front of Downing Street, Theresa May acknowledged that the discussion with her ministers had been “long and passionate”, but that this draft withdrawal agreement was in her view the best possible solution and in the country’s interest whole.
Evidence that the discussions were extremely difficult, the Council of Ministers extended much later than expected. It will have lasted more than five hours.
In the wake of the green light given by the British government, the European Commission has published the details of the document of some 500 pages and a short statement on future economic relations between London and the European bloc.
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This is the case of the Northern Ireland party of the DUP, on which the government depends for its survival. Its leader Arlene Foster is due to meet Theresa May this Wednesday evening to clarify the fate of Northern Ireland in the agreement. She affirmed meanwhile this meeting not being able to support this text.