EU Leaders Approve UK Brexit Plan, But the Road Ahead is Paved with Potholes

By Anna Breuer on 25 November 2018
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DSC_0632 (2)European leaders approved on Sunday an agreement governing the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and future relations between the two.

Approved unanimously by leaders of 27 EU member nations, the deal will leave the United Kingdom in a kind of limbo in which it will be obligated to comply with most EU rules and laws through 2020 even though it will no longer be a member as of March 2019.

The relationship that will follow is still subject to negotiation.  It calls for a £39 billion ($50 billion) payment by Britain as it exits.  Britain will be tied to EU laws and regulations in some areas beyond 2020, and it may be limited in its ability to negotiate its own trade deals.  But it will not be obligated to allow EU citizens to live and work within its borders and the issue of a possible hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland has yet to be resolved.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said that the deal “delivered for the British people” and has set the country “on a course for a prosperous future.”

Terming this “a historic day” that was both “tragic and sad,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her feelings are divided. “I feel sad, but at the same time I feel a sense of relief.”

The deal approved today still requires approval by the British Parliament and many politicians said that May has her work cut out for her there, although the European Union will not consider alternate plans at this point.

“Those who think that, by rejecting the deal, they would get a better deal, will be disappointed,” said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncke

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country will chair EU meetings through the end of the year, said there will be no further negotiations.

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