Brexit deal: May wins cabinet support on draft withdrawal agreement

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Meghana Kurup

May’s success with winning the cabinet’s support does not necessarily mean that the Brexit deal will reach a conclusive finale, say critics.

Theresa May’s cabinet has backed the draft withdrawal agreement on the Brexit deal nearly two years after Britain voted to move out of the EU bloc.

After a five hour long meeting that May described as “a long, detailed and impassioned debate”, she said her ministers had taken a “collective” decision, to press ahead with finalising the deal in Brussels.

[Source: The Guardian]

May in her statement to the press insisted that , “What I owe to this country is to make decisions in the national interest and I firmly believe that, with my head and my heart, this deal is in the best interest of our entire United Kingdom.

“There will be difficult days ahead, this deal will come under intense scrutiny and that is entirely as it should be and entirely understandable.”

The 585-page draft withdrawal agreement draft withdrawal agreement drawn up this week in Brussels by EU and UK negotiators has been described as “controversial” and ” vassal state stuff” by critics.

 

Several Brexiter ministers were unhappy about the terms of the deal. One senior leaver said it was “worse than expected”, while another said, “Several people are not in a happy place.”

“Theresa May’s plan for Brexit will not suit Leavers or Remainers, and the deal on offer was not the answer “, former prime minister Tony Blair said.

Blair went on to say that the current PM had been “dealt a very poor hand” and the only way out was to “put it back to the people” with a new vote.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary,  even went on to  say that  he could not guarantee people would not die as a result of a no-deal Brexit, according to Guardian reports.

There’s no explanation of what Hancock may have been referring to.

 

The Prime Minister and her cabinet will now turn their attention to promoting the deal, to the public and their backbench colleagues.

With Conservative Brexiters and Northern Ireland unionists of the DUP not completely convinced of the deal, May has an uphill task ahead of her as the proposal will have to be accepted by the parliament earlier rather than later in December.