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British EU leaders meet as Brexit deadline looms

By Jill Lawless and Lorne Cook | AP 21 November at 12:32 LONDON – UK Prime Minister Theresa May told…

LONDON – UK Prime Minister Theresa May told skeptical legislators Wednesday to reject her divorce deals with whether the European Union would cause uncertainty and division before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in order to help to complete the Brexit agreement.

May and Juncker held this afternoon in Brussels as negotiators worked to settle agreement on issues so that EU leaders can meet in Brussels on Sunday to rubberize the package.

The United Kingdom and the European Union last week agreed on a 585-page document that worsened the conditions for Britain’s departure, but is still working to overcome agreements on future relations.

With uneven continuation of issues involving Gibraltar and fishing rights Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the Commission, said that the political declaration on future relations was “not there yet”.

He said that diplomats would be on Friday to prepare Sunday summit, and “they must see a final text before that.”

“The Commission is ready to consider the text and take action at any time,” he said.

At home, May is under strong pressure from pro-Brexit and pro-EU British legislators, with large numbers on both sides of the debate opposing the divorce agreement. Brexiteers believe it will leave the UK base too close to EU rules, while pro-Europeans say it will build new barriers between Britain and the block, its neighbor and largest trading partner.

May was imprisoned by a criticism of opposition from both oppositions and government legislators on Wednesday during her weekend’s Commons question and response session dominated by Brexit.

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1; saying that his party could negotiate a better one – while conservative Andrew Rosindell invited May to dive the plan and remove “EU tentacles over our well-behaved islandation”.

May replied that “we want to ensure we continue to have a close trade relationship with the European Union” after Brexit. [19659014] She said that the alternative to the deal was either “more uncertainty, more breakdown or it can not risk any Brexit at all.”

Madrid has objected to the wording of the agreement a in Gibraltar, the small territory at the top of the Iberian peninsula ceded to Great Britain in 1713, but still claimed by Spain.

Last year’s EU guidelines for the Brexit negotiations gave Spain effective veto on future relations between the block and the British Overseas Territory and the Spanish Government said that voting against the Brexit agreement on Gibraltar’s future would not be considered a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday that his government “can not accept it will happen with Gibraltar in the future is due to negotiations between Britain and the EU.”

But May told UK legislators that “we will not rule out Gibraltar from our negotiations on the future relationship. “

Spain’s EU Affairs State Secretary, Luis Marco Aguiriano, said it was still time to” legally clarify “the agreement before Sunday.

The deal must also be approved by the European and British parliaments – a tough task for May, whose conservatives lack a majority in the House.

May be oppressed by some of her conservative party enemies after the pro-Brexit rebels acknowledged that a bid to trigger a no-confidence vote in May had failed, for now.

But the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, whose 10 legislators oppose the Maize minority government, have begun to abstain from the House of Commons voting as a sign of their dissatisfaction with the deal. DUP opposes plans to keep the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland open after Brexit, saying that it weakens the ties that connect Britain by creating separate trade rules for Northern Ireland.

The future of Parliament rejecting the agreement when it comes to a vote – probably next month – has increased the fear among companies that Britain could crash out of the block without planning to keep trading on a regular basis.

Conservative legislators who are loyal to May also warned to surpass the agreement could mean that Brexit never happens, because Parliament would stop Britain’s departure rather than accept a chaotic no-deal outcome.

“I think people will look carefully over the abyss … and consider if they think it’s in the best country,” says Worker and Senior Secretary Amber Rudd.

“Brexiteers Can Lose Their Brexit,” she added.

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Lorne Cook reported from Brussels. Aritz Parra in Madrid and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this story.

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