The UK’s withdrawal agreement has been approved by EU leaders, announced Donald Tusk.
The heads of state and government of the 27 gave their approval to the draft agreement on the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, Donald Tusk announced at the extraordinary summit meeting in Brussels on Sunday.
The BBC is told that the president of the European Council signalled Saturday that the agreement would be approved after Gibraltar ‘imbroglio’ had ended.
António Costa also told journalists, on arrival at the extraordinary summit, that Portugal would give the green light when leaving the United Kingdom of the European Union.
It should be recalled that this historic separation agreement was already expected to be endorsed smoothly, as well as the political statement that stipulates the parameters of the future relationship between the parties. The next step is for the document to also be adopted by the UK Parliament, a decision that is not expected to be so unanimous.
The UK is expected to leave the EU block on March 29, 2019, with the British Parliament voting for the agreement in early December, but its approval is by no means guaranteed, with Labor, Democratic Liberals, the Scottish National Party, the Democratic Unionist Party and many Conservative MPs willing to vote against.
Prime Minister Theresa May has been calling for approval of the document, arguing that this is the best deal that could honour the outcome of the Brexit referendum.