A Brexit deal has been sorted and has been confirmed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be a ‘great new deal’, despite not being approved by the DUP.
It has been agreed by the UK and EU that there is an official new Brexit deal. Boris Johnson has stated that it will be voted for by MPs this Saturday, this is amid expectations for Britain to have left by October 31.
It was announced by Mr Johnson and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this morning, where they claimed a breakthrough had finally been made.
Despite a deal being made, the DUP have remained opposed to this agreement, this means it’s still far from certain that it will be agreed by the majority of MPs at parliament this weekend.
The Prime Minister shared his good news via social media: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime, and our environment.”
Mr Juncker added: “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 a testament to our commitment to finding solutions. I recommend that #EUCO endorses this deal.”
A statement was issued by the DUP this morning before the Prime Minister announced his breakthrough, in which they said they ‘cannot support’ the concessions made and that they would impact the Northern Irish people. They added that the package put forward by the Prime Minister was unacceptable.
The DUP condemned the ‘lack of clarity’ on whether or not EU VAT rates will apply in the province.
After the Prime Minister made his speech, a DUP source insisted to Sky News that they still stuck by their statement, adamant their view has not changed.
Regardless of not having the support of the DUP, the Prime Minister decided to proceed with the deal, which is sure to set up for a showdown on Saturday.
Just last night, ministers claimed to be ‘fingertip close’ to finding a Brexit deal, with frantic negotiations taking place.
However, the DUP appear to have vanished any hope of this deal coming to a close based on this morning’s statements. It is vital that the DUP approve of a Brexit deal if it has any chance of getting through the Commons. The party is expected to be in talks at Downing Street before the European Council meeting begins this afternoon.
A statement has been released by DUP leader, Arlene Foster, and deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, which says: “We have been involved in ongoing discussions with the Government.
“As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues, and there is a lack of clarity on VAT.
“We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.”
Now that there is a prospect of a deal actually being made, the Prime Minister faces the daunting issue of waiting for EU leaders to begin discussing how long of an extension they would possibly offer in a ‘do or die’ Halloween Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister has always made it clear he would not push back a date, which has been objected by many, including Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay. Mr Barclay made it clear yesterday that he was firmly against the controversial legislation.
It has been motioned by the government for there to be a seating at the Commons on Saturday – which would make it the first Saturday since the Falkland Wars.
If a deal is made at the summits today, MPs will be asked to approve this on Saturday. If a deal is not made, the Prime Minister is expected to stage a vote. This vote would entail either a delayed Brexit or a No Deal.
After the statement was released by the Prime Minister this morning, the pound fell 0.5 percent against the dollar and the euro. However, this did later recover.