BREXIT DEAL. Downing Street confirmed a draft deal between negotiating teams has now been reached. Theresa May calls in ministers to win backing after UK negotiators reach agreement with EU
BREXIT DEAL. Downing Street confirmed a draft deal between negotiating teams has now been reached. Theresa May is holding intense one-on-one talks with her most senior ministers after EU and UK negotiators finally reached a settlement in Brussels.
Downing Street confirmed that a breakthrough had been made as they called in cabinet members to discuss the draft withdrawal agreement text produced by the British and European negotiating teams.
The text settled upon after months of painstaking discussions in Brussels will then be discussed at a crunch full meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday, at which Ms May will attempt to lock in the support of even her most eurosceptic ministers.
If they approve the draft it will mean a special European Council summit may be arranged to sign it off before the end of November, giving the UK’s parliament a chance to vote on it before Christmas.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “Cabinet will meet at 2pm [on Wednesday] to consider the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels and to decide on next steps.
“Cabinet ministers have been invited to read documentation ahead of that meeting.”
Ministers have been seen entering and leaving Downing Street on Tuesday, with health secretary Matt Hancock first to arrive following confirmation that a deal had been reached, followed by chief whip Julian Smith and transport secretary Chris Grayling.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the potential agreement was “encouraging” but suggested the details could yet stymie agreement.