Updated: Brexit: EU will grant no further extension – Juncker

Flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament, ahead of a Brexit vote, in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs/Files

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU will not another Brexit extension.

Earlier on Thursday morning both Juncker and the U.K. Prime Minis Boris Johnson announced that a new Withdrawal Agreement has been reached, and that therefore Britain may depart in an orderly manner.

The draft agreement has to pass through the House of Commons and European Parliament. It is unclear if Juncker was speaking on behalf of the rest of the bloc, which would effectively mean that British MPs are faced with this deal or a no deal.

Johnson urged his fellow MPs to vote for the deal, and get Brexit done with. However the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which the government relies on for support already declared it is against, saying that “These proposals are not, in our view, beneficial to the economic well-being of Northern Ireland and they undermine the integrity of the Union.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal sounded “even worse” than the one negotiated by the PM’s predecessor, Theresa May, and “should be rejected” by MPs.

Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said that her party rejects the new Brexit deal because it “would take Scotland out of the European Union, out of the single market and out of the customs union against the overwhelming democratic will of the people of Scotland.”

‘We have a deal,’ EU and UK say

A deal has been reached on a new Withdrawal Agreement that will let Britain depart in orderly terms. This was announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday.

On Twitter, Juncker wrote ‘Where there is a will, there is a #deal’, while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted ‘We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control’.

The deal has been agreed between the UK and EU team ahead of the meeting between EU leaders in Brussels.

The text agreed upon still requires the approval of both the UK and EU parliaments.

During a joint appearance, Juncker promised that Brexit will be delivered on 31 October if MPs back the deal.

On Saturday, the Commons is scheduled to sit and discuss the deal, however, DUP already pronounced itself against it and promised to fight it every step of the way.

Johnson said that he hopes that his fellow MPs in Westminister come together and get this “excellent deal” over the line.

The EU27 will urge the commission and European parliament to “take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on November 1”, according to a draft statement.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says the Brexit deal is good for Ireland and Northern Ireland, hailing the avoidance of a “hard border.”

French president, Emmanuel Macron, welcomed the Brexit deal as he arrived at the EU summit, but stressed that it still had to get through the UK and EU parliaments, urging for caution.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat welcomed the new development, saying that there is need for a clear way forward both if the House of Commons rejects or accepts the new withdrawal agreement.