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As pro and anti-Brexiteers join in disgust for the deal, Brussels bounces

BRUSSELS – The draft divorce agreement between Britain and the European Union has united the polarized British Pro and Anti-Brexit…

The draft divorce agreement between Britain and the European Union has united the polarized British Pro and Anti-Brexit camps in a horror on a plan that will tear London out of its voice in E.U. decisions but could involve many of the membership obligations.

In the rest of Europe, the anxiety nerve has been met with an impatient shoulder hook – and a little contempt for the British who thought it might turn out to be another way.

Britain ends the club, so it was also necessary to lose the benefits of holding the membership card, according to negotiators, politicians and analysts.

But Britain’s own demands undermined its goal of “withdrawing control” and demanded that it remain bound to the EU

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1; offer a strong choice between swallowing This plan or crash out of the EU with no security net at all, a prospect that can spark economic chaos around the world.

Most observers agree that the Europeans were in charge of the deal, as a common colossal of 27 nations was unusually united behind its team of Brexit negotiators.


The anti-Brexit campaign Steve Bray demonstrates close to Parliament in London on Thursday. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty Images)

But the nominal victory has been little comfort for European leaders who never wanted Britain to leave and still believe they will be injured when it leaves.

“What was always an illusion on the Brexite side was that the kind of world you could return to where Britain had an empire and was a global superpower in the world economy,” said Fabian Zuleeg, head of the European Policy Center, a Brussels think tank with close ties to the EU

Pro-E. Your proponents have argued that Brexit would make the UK weaker, as it would leave Britain no formal ability to influence decisions on its main export market.

“Somehow, the recognition that these things were not a negotiating tactic, but that they are actually just simple fact, finally begin to sink, but probably late,” said Zuleeg.

In London, Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a rebel of legislators in his conservative party. At Friday, at least 23 conservative MPs had written letters that demanded a trustee who could jump her from the office, according to British reporters. Forty-eight letters are required to trigger a vote.


UK Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on Friday. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty Images)

May try to stabilize his cabinet Friday by installing a third Brexit secretary after the first two finish in protest. Stephen Barclay is a former junior health minister who voted to leave E.U. A BBC policy editor described him as “extremely loyal, who has never been rebel against the government.”

Many Brexiteers want May to tear up this store – product of more than a year of conversation – and start over again, even as the calendar decreases before the UK’s March 29 closing date.

Brexiteers also complain that the EU has appointed them for punishment to show an example for other countries who may consider divorce from Brussels. E.U. officials retort that British leaders have broken the Brexit process so sufficiently on their own that they do not expect other countries to follow London’s precedent.

Negotiators warn that there is no further achievement at their level, and even some Brexit advocates say that this is the best deal under the circumstances.

“We think this is the best we can do collectively with the restrictions we have on both sides,” an EU official briefing reporter said on the deal under the basic rules of anonymity.

In the end, the direction of the agreement was deeply shaped by small Northern Ireland: Britain wants its territory to remain borderless with the Republic of Ireland to preserve peace, and with the rest of the United Kingdom, in order to maintain national unity.

“What you want is to deliver to the EU and have free trade in goods at the border in the next few years until a future FTA enters into force and control our own immigration policy and keep the United Kingdom together, all on at the same time – yes, a deal will look quite as if it looks like this, said former foreign minister William Hague, Tory this week. “It will not be dramatically different than that.”

The deal maintains EU rules and obligations in the UK during a transitional period lasting until the end of 2020 as negotiators get plans for future relations between the two sides. Britain would be in control of the financial commitments it made while it was a member – about 50 billion kronor total – plus a significantly smaller amount for the time it is in the transitional agreement.

But about the conversation about future relations Down Aside from the fact that Britain would be bound to the Union’s Customs Union for an indefinite period – a status which has resigned from London alarms because it would effectively brake Britain by its ability to counter their own trade agreements, the exact opposite of the target for many Brexit supporters.

If “backstop” came into force, Britain would have to comply with EU tariffs, essentially abandoning its bargaining power to Brussels. And E.U. The negotiator says that the Customs Union will probably form the basis for negotiations on the future relationship, causing further heartburn in London.

The Europeans say that the arrangement is the only way to avoid borders around northern Ireland – and several countries, including France and Spain, say that it is already a concession. They are afraid that the British could use the duty-free access to E.U. the market to undermine European companies, and they have tried to lift rules that would ensure that British producers would meet the same rules as their European competitors.

“There are concerns in a number of capitals that the British or companies or others would benefit from the situation,” said Josef Janning, Head of the Berlin European Council for Foreign Relations.

Among the British initiators, European leaders have said that the discussions are closed.

“It is highly unlikely that we will make significant changes to these proposals,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday, reflecting comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel one day earlier. “We have talked about this for so long. Everyone has been very involved. We will have a good look at parts of the proposals, but major changes seem unlikely to me. “

In addition to its preparations for a Summit on November 25, the Brexit Agreement approved, EU leaders are preparing no agreement on UK parliament rejecting the negotiated agreement and Britain crashing out. That possibility would cause chaos on both sides of the English Channel, stop shopping that turns motorways into parking spaces for trucks and aircraft based on their landing lanes.

In the end, analysts said that if Britain agrees with this deal, there will be at least one thing from Brexit: EU citizens will no longer be able to move there as they want. The loss of trade sovereignty may be the price tag.

“UK created the red lines, “said Jonathan Portes, an economist at Brexit at King’s College London.” And the biggest red line was that U.K. wanted to end the free movement of people. “

Booth reported from London. Quentin Ariès in Brussels contributed to this report.

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