British PM May heads home to pitch “best possible deal” Brexit campaign

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British Prime Minister Theresa May gives a press conference at the end of European council in Brussels, November 25, 2018.

British PM May heads home to pitch “best possible deal” Brexit campaign


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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.

May reiterated that the UK’s future outside of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy will be boon for British industries and allow the UK to come up with a fairer compensation system for its farmers while taking back control of its territorial waters.
The deal also puts in motion the mechanism for a future relationship that will allow the UK to “keep goods flowing across borders,” while being outside of the EU’s Single Market while managing to keep all parts of the UK in a single customs territory.

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.

Juncker added that he is personally pleased with the outcome of the negotiations, but is still less-than-pleased with the fact that the United Kingdom will no longer be a member of the bloc, saying “Brexit is anything but a good thing for European integration.”
The Withdrawal Agreement and the Joint Political Declaration, as the Brexit deal is officially known, leaves open a framework whereby the UK will never be considered “a third country” in its future relationship with the EU as, according to Juncker, a special status is reserved for ex-bloc members.
“A divorce is always difficult, but there will always be some love here,” said Juncker, a sentiment which was backed by European Council President Donald Tusk who added that the UK “will always remain a friend until the end of time…and one day longer.”
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