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After Brussels May heads to conquer Westminster

In spite of the unanimous EU endorsement of Article 50 deal, the risks of ‘hard Brexit‘ remain high, and the departure of the UK under the WTO is probable, especially taking into account the atmosphere of disbelief in the Agreement as the best possible outcome, and a fair compromise.

While talking to international press in Brussels Prime Minister Theresa May launched a passionate pleas to her fellow statesmen to support the deal, delivering upon wishes of British people, and move on constructing a new future after Brexit, instead of wasting time on arguments. She insisted that the Agreement reached is a best possible deal, returning control over migration, laws, and finance to British people. Prime Minister also excluded a possibility for the second referendum on the issue.

In case the deal gets through the UK Parliament, May will return to Brussels as winner to participate in the end of the year EU Summit . However if the deal fails to get appreciation of the UK legislators, the entire process enters uncharted waters.

Those who think that, by rejecting the deal, they would get a better deal, will be disappointed,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters after the 27 other EU leaders formally endorsed an Agreement setting terms for the UK withdrawal in March and an outline of a future EU-UK trade pact.

#EUCO: Brexit deal endorsed in Brussels

European Union leaders formally endorsed a Brexit deal at a Brussels Summit urging UK Parliament to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s package. Although approved unanimously by EU27,  and already receiving positive signals faces from the European parliament the deal is confronted with a solid opposition by MPs.

In line with the wish of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there were no debates among  the 27 leaders at the Council,  and everything has been finalised ahead of the meeting. It took half an hour for hand-shakes and protocol to approve the 600-page treaty outlining the UK withdrawal from the European Union on March 29 and a 26-page declaration outlining a future free trading relationship. British Prime Minister Theresa May joined EU27 shortly afterwards for what will be a brief meeting to seal the accord. However May did not pass by Red Carpet to share her thoughts with press before the meeting, neither did Angela Merkel, or Pedro Sanchez.

The chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier defended the deal, and expressed hope it would be appreciated by the UK Parliament. He also phrased effective work of Theresa May during last two years, but especially the last two weeks, when she did her utmost to conclude Article 50 Agreement.



Gibraltar leaders reaffirm support to UK

Gibraltarthe major focus of Spain  prevented the  European Union on to finalise a draft Article 50 deal on Friday, November 23 to pave the way for endorsement of the document during the UK-EU27 leaders’ summit on Sunday, November 25. The complications over Gibraltar raised a wave of doubts of possibility to sign any withdrawal agreement already shrouded in pessimism.

Although EU diplomats are desperately trying to resolve the problem, continuing to search for rapprochement, the independent experts are increasingly skeptical about capacities of Pedro Sánchez Socialist government to accept a compromise.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has vowed to “veto Brexit” if the terms of the Brexit deal has no amendments depiciting Spanish concerns about negotiations over the future of Gibraltar.

After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain far away,” Sánchez communicated in his Twitter microblog. “My government will always defend the interests of Spain. If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”

We are an optimistic and a positive community, [but] there is growing concern amongst many in the community as to what positive measures have been secured for Gibraltar as a result of this process for which the Chief Minister and his team are said to have worked day and night on, for the last two years,” said Elliott Phillips, the Leader of the Opposition in Gibraltar.

Earlier the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo supported the UK government Brexit position, although he cricitised the decision to leave the EU as such.“Brexit is a bad thing for the whole of Europe,” Mr Picardo said.

Brexit without an agreement for orderly agreed withdrawal would be even worse for the whole of Europe” Picardo continuded. “And for us, Brexit is as bad an idea today in reality as when it was in theory at the time of the Referendum.”

But so for us, it is always best that we stick with Britain despite Brexit” he concluded.

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Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party pledged to use its 10 votes in parliament to support the cause of Gibraltar if necessary.

The European Union is trying to reach a compromise between Madrid  and London over the future of the British overseas territory to stop Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez from blocking an agreement on Artilce 50, paving the way to orderly withdrawal of Britons.

Gibraltar is British and we will use our voices and our votes in parliament to stand with British Gibraltar,” Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said, addressing the party’s annual conference in Belfast.