‘The EU will have the final say’ Verhofstadt warns May that Brussels will decide on deal


The EU Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator stressed the Prime Minister’s work is not over yet after securing the backing of her Chest of drawers after a five-hour marathon meeting of ministers today. In a short proclamation, the influential MEP said: “It is now up to elected Parliamentarians on both sides of the Channel to do their elaborate and scrutinise the proposed deal, including the political declaration and the framework for time to come relationship. “Throughout the Article 50 negotiations, we have fought for a people – from the word go Brexit, and we are committed to forensically monitor closely the implementation of the citizen’s legals parts of the agreement.

“The European Parliament will have the final say, along with the UK Parliament, on the bargain.”

The 585-page withdrawal agreement was published after the Prime Vicar stood outside Downing Street to announce her support for the draft apportion that EU and UK negotiators have been working on for a number of weeks.

EU27 representatives called off their own Brussels meeting after significant delays to Mrs May’s advert.

There were fears that the Brexit process would be dilly-dallied as any further blockages in the process would make a special November acme highly unlikely.

EU member states will now have to give the enterprising for the November 25 gathering, where heads of state will officially unique off on the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the future agreement.

Standing on the bow outs of Number 10, the Prime Minister said: “The cabinet has jus had a long, complete and impassioned debate on the draft Withdrawal Agreement on our future relationship with the EU.

“I unwaveringly believe that the draft withdrawal agreement was the best that could be consulted and it was for the Cabinet to decide whether to move on in the talks.

“The choices before us were nit-picking, particularly in relation to the Northern Ireland backstop, but the collective decision of Chifferobe was that the Government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the lay out political declaration.”

“This is a decisive step that enables us to advance on. This helps us move on.

“This deal delivers on the vote of referendum and it is solidly in the national interest.

“When you strip away the detail the choice preceding us is clear – this deal which delivers on the vote of the referendum, which resuscitates back control of our money, laws and borders, ends free faction, protects jobs, security and our Union, or leave with no deal or no Brexit at all.

“I differentiate there will be difficult days ahead. This is a decision that when one pleases come under intense scrutiny and that is entirely as it should be and utterly understandable.”

“I firmly believe, with my head and my heart that this is a firmness which is in the best interests of the United Kingdom.”

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