SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 17 – There is an atmosphere of jubilation in London after a Brexit deal was agreed Thursday morning between the United Kingdom and European Union negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.
The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.
The Brexit deal was reached ahead of the upcoming EU summit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”
Meanwhile, the EU commission president, Jean Claude Juncker describes the deal as fair and balanced to both sides.
“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,” Juncker said in a post on Twitter.
“I recommend that EUCO endorses this deal,” he added, referring to the European Council of the leaders of member states that was due to meet later on Thursday/
The agreement must still be formally approved by all of the EU’s member states.
The unionist party of Northern Ireland says it does not support the deal.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meanwhile praised the “great new deal” struck just over two weeks before the United Kingdom is scheduled to depart the 28-member bloc, on October 31.
“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 #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl,” Johnson said in a post on Twitter.