UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that Britain has agreed a Brexit deal with the European Union that will allow the country to leave the bloc by the end of the month.
"We've got a great new deal that takes back control," Johnson said in a Tweet posted from his officially-verified account. "Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment." EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called it a "fair and balanced" agreement and said he would recommend it to EU leaders' at a summit in Brussels later today.
"Where there is a will there is a deal - we have one," Juncker said in a statement. "It's a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is a testament to our commitment to find solutions."
"I believe it is high time to complete the divorce process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union's future partnership with the United Kingdom," he added.
The pound surged more than 0.75% on the session following news of the agreement to change hands at $1.2929 against a softer U.S. dollar.
UK lawmakers must now approve the deal, with Johnson's teaming hinting at a special Saturday session -- the first since the Falklands War -- in order to seek final sign-off.
You can just about see deal going through Parliament without DUP, maybe if you squint - but what does it mean for dozens of Brexiteer tories who often take their cues from them— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 17, 2019
However, it is difficult at present to see if the agreement will satisfy both hard-line Leavers and moderate lawmakers in his fractured Conservative party after t he leader of the Northern Irish DUP said it could not support his proposal, as it would leave the Province separated from the whole of the United Kingdom.