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Brexit goes down to wire as May calls last-day talks

Brexit goes down to wire as May calls last-day talks

Before leaving for Brussels, she will face opponents of the agreement Wednesday during the prime minister's weekly question-and-answer session in the House of Commons.

He told ITV's Peston: "It's clear that if the deal is not approved by Parliament we will have a politically chaotic situation".

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, who said last week that her Scottish National Party MPs would vote against the Brexit deal, described the draft political agreement as adding up "to a blindfold Brexit", with the hard issues left unresolved.

The comments come after Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, said he would reject the draft Brexit withdrawal deal without a clarification of the text on future talks on the status of Gibraltar.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to untangle almost 46 years of membership without damaging trade or upsetting the lawmakers who will ultimately decide the fate of any deals she can secure.

Mrs May and Mr Juncker were expected to cover fishing rights and the movement of goods after Brexit, as well as the duration of the transition period and the British territory of Gibraltar, which lies on an outcrop off Spain.

Ambassadors from the EU's 27 remaining countries had been due to be briefed on the final text on Tuesday but the meeting has been re-scheduled for later this week.

Spain is threatening to oppose a deal on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union unless it gets assurances over the disputed peninsula of Gibraltar.

Merkel said Thursday at a Berlin conference of Germany's main employers' organization that "Britain's withdrawal is shaping up to be more hard than a fictitious withdrawal of another member country", simply because of the complexity of regulating the border between European Union member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland.

British Prime Minster Theresa May says Brexit is close to being a reality
British Prime Minster Theresa May says Brexit is close to being a reality

"This is the right deal for the United Kingdom", she said after updating the cabinet on the text of a declaration on post-Brexit relations agreed Thursday.

"If we had a no deal we'd find ourselves having to find a deal very quickly, so why put our countries and people through that when we have a deal on the table?" he asked.

The British and European parliaments must ratify the tentative deal to end more than 40 years of partnership before Brexit day, or Britain could leave the EU with no treaty. "But they should keep in mind not to rock the boat too much".

ARLENE Foster has insisted her party's confidence and supply deal with the Tories is not dead.

The two sides agreed last week on a document sealing the terms of Britain's departure, but are still working to nail down agreement on future relations.

Spain's goal is to get a provision in the agreement that would guarantee that the future bilateral trade relationship between the Eu and United Kingdom will not apply to Gibraltar without Madrid's approval.

Many U.K. businesses say they would be hurt by a "no-deal" Brexit and have welcomed the agreement.

But Spain wants to retain what it sees as its right to negotiate the future on Gibraltar with Britain on a bilateral basis, giving it an effective veto.

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