· The United Kingdom’s Exit awaits Westminister vote ·
After the EU’s green light on the Brexit deal signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, the same agreement will have to be put to the vote by Westminister, presumably between the 10th and 11th of December.
The 27 heads of state and government of European Union countries who met in Brussels, voted unanimously to approve the 585 page text which ratifies the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The agreement guarantees the protection of citizens’ rights, ensures that the peace process in Northern Ireland will not be compromised and provides for the United Kingdom to continue to contribute to the EU budget even during the transitional period which is expected to last 21 months.
The Brexit deal ends about two years of negotiations that have paved the way for the voting round in the UK parliament, where May does not currently enjoy a majority backing. Should the text not be approved, talks will resume at the next European summit on 13 and 14 December. “It’s a sad day”, said European Commissioner Jean-Claude Junker, adding however, that it was “the best possible” deal for both sides, and at the same time, the only possible one. Although all the European leaders present expressed sadness and regret over the UK’s decision to leave the Union, they also stressed that it was time for the EU to relaunch its project.