Few hours before the summit between all 28 EU National Leaders, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted: "We have one! It's a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the two sides had struck a "great new deal" and urged UK lawmakers to ratify it in a special session on Saturday. The new deal addresses a major concern blocking UK from leaving the European Union – the customs and consent arrangements between Northern Ireland, part of UK and Ireland, part of the EU. \
PM Boris still has some ways to go on Saturday, seeking approval from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). In his tweet he urged the Parliament to agree to the new deal, stating that there are still other priorities which have to be addressed after the approval of Brexit including but not limited to cost of living, violent crime, NHS and our environment. But DUP leader Arlene Foster and the party's parliamentary chief Nigel Dodds said they "could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues," referring to a say the Northern Irish authorities might have in future developments.
On Thursday, both Prime Minister Boris and EU President Junker their optimism with regards to the new deal. French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that "I want to believe that a deal is being finalized," while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said negotiations were "in the final stretch." After this announcement the pound hit a 5 – month high upon the US dollar.
Prime Minister Boris took Oath this past July, vowing that by October 31st, the deadline for UK to leave EU ACCORFING TO Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Britain would be finally separated from the EU. If the deal is approved on Saturday, PM Boris may actually live up to his words.
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