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UK and EU reach long-awaited Brexit deal

London: Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission said, ‘Where there is a will, there is always a deal; we have also struck a deal,’ and announced that an agreement had been reached on Brexit. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also tweeted that a deal was worked out with the European Union (EU). Nevertheless, mixed reactions had emerged from both the United Kingdom as well as the EU. The British opposition parties as also political parties from Ireland have criticised the agreement while leaders from the EU, Germany and France have taken a cautious stand on the matter 

Since the last two months, a major turmoil occurred in the British political circles over Brexit. After leader of the ruling Conservative Party Boris Johnson, took over as the Prime Minister, he announced that the United Kingdom would exit the EU, on or before 31st October. However, Boris Johnson’s decision of giving preference to the ‘No Deal’ Brexit, did not go down well with the opposition, which even includes members of his own party. The disorder in UK has continued despite being addressed by Queen Elizabeth a few days ago.  

Considering the developments, the announcement of Prime Minister Johnson and the EU chief, who were in Brussels for a special meeting, assumes much significance. European Commission President Juncker has published some documents related to the agreement on social media which confirm the deal. While announcing the accord, the British Prime Minister said that ‘We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control, so we can move on to other priorities 

The deal struck on Thursday, is yet to acquire ratification from the UK and European parliaments. Analysts warned however of a new political crisis emerging if the deal was now rejected by the British parliament, especially after receiving approval from the European parliament. In that scenario, his close associates say, Prime Minister Johnson would remain firm on No Deal Brexit and walk out of the EU. 

The Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland, a country which is a part of the UKhas said that the deal was not acceptable and as the deal did not safeguard the economic interests of Northern Irelandthey would not support it. 

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