All eyes are now fixed on British Prime Minister Theresa May and her campaign to get openly hostile UK lawmakers from both sides of the debate to back the Brexit deal that she and her EU counterparts hammered out at the weekend.
May faces a near-impossible task ahead when she returns to London on Monday as she now has to contend with firebrand Brexiteers who have already said that they will do everything possible to scuttle the deal before it can see the light of day in the British House of Commons.
Unperturbed, May hopes to convince the public that the deal on the table is the best that they can expect from a Brussels establishment that is holding all of the cards in the negotiations.
“This is the deal that is on the table,” she said. “It is the best possible deal. It is the only deal,” said May, adding, “The British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit. They want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to come together again as a country.”
The British public voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, largely over concerns about immigration and overregulation from the EU institutions which were seen as political and economic interference in Britain’s internal affairs.
For the EU, the last big obstacle to the deal ended during weekend negotiations when Spain lifted its objections over the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Brussels is largely pleased with the results of the agreement as it leaves the United Kingdom outside of the bloc, with no say on the EU’s decision making processes, but leaves London still subject to Europe’s rules and obligations until at least until the end of 2020.
“This is the best possible agreement,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.””Anyone who thinks a better deal is possible will be disillusioned immediately after the vote,” Juncker said in reference to the deal coming before the British House of Commons for ratification.