UK News A Brexit deal has been reached, say UK's Johnson and EU's Juncker

13:20  17 october  2019
13:20  17 october  2019 Source:   france24.com

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Boris Johnson, Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker are posing for a picture © Yves Herman, REUTERS | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with European Commission President...

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Britain and the European Union agreed a new Brexit deal, hours before a new summit in Brussels.

"Where there is a will, there is a deal – we have one! It's a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions. I recommend that (EU summit) endorses this deal," EU's Juncker tweeted, referring to the European Council of the leaders of member states that was to meet later Thursday.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also broke the news, tweeting that "We have a great new deal that takes back control."

He now has to convince the British Parliament to back it, although he has no majority there.

After the announcement of the deal, Northern Ireland’s DUP stated that its position had not changed and it could not support Boris Johnson's deal in Parliament. Earlier on Thursday, the unionist party announced it was saying "no" to it. Former Prime Theresa May failed three times to convince the DUP to back her text, before stepping down.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Brexit Is For Ever .
Even if Britain leaves the EU at the end of the month, the issue will not go away—much still needs to be resolved.Such is its devilish complexity, Brexit is often portrayed as a game of 3D chess, understandable only to the grandest of grandmasters. Yet, in reality it is far simpler: a tedious game of political Tic-Tac-Toe (or noughts and crosses for our British readers), in which each side is forever countering the last move by their opponents but unable to ever triumph. The winner is, then, not a master strategist, but simply the one who is last to make a mistake.

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