After 20 months of negotiations, all 27 European Union heads of state and government have agreed to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit plan.
The negotiated deal went through unanimously after Spain withdrew its recently raised concerns over the status of Gibraltar.
The proposal will now be put forward to MP’s in early December, where it is expected to face significant opposition both from members of opposing political parties, as well as from some of May’s own conservative MP’s. Debate remains over the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, expatriate citizens’ rights, and the £39 billion “divorce bill” that the UK would pay the EU.
If the proposal does not make it through Britain’s Parliament, it is unclear whether Britain faces re-negotiation, a “no-deal” situation, or a second referendum on the issue. However, May stated that she has made it “very clear” that she doesn’t think there should be another referendum.
The proposal will also need to return to the European Council, where it will need the approval of at least 20 out of the 27 nations.
The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, with a transition or implementation period until 31 December 2020 during which Union law shall be applicable to and in the UK if not otherwise provided in the agreement. The transition period may be extended for up to one or two years.