'Far Worse Than Feared': Brexiteers Slam UK PM May's Draft Brexit Deal

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But the weakest British leader in a generation now faces the ordeal of trying to push her deal through a vote in parliament, where opponents lined up to castigate the agreement, even before reading it.

One of the chief obstacles ahead for May if she is going to get her Brexit agreement through could be the House of Commons, where a simple majority of MPs will need to vote for the blueprint for the deal to be given the green light.

"This is a decision that was not taken lightly, but I believe it is firmly in the national interest", May said, adding that the United Kingdom cabinet had held "a long, detailed and impassioned debate".

Replying to the Wellingborough MP, Mrs May said: "What we have been negotiating is a deal that does deliver on the vote of the British people". Many fear it will divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional USA presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker issued a statement that "decisive progress" had been made, clearing the way for a special summit for leaders of the remaining 27 EU states to give their stamp of approval, probably on 25 November.

However, up to 11 Cabinet ministers supporting Brexit spoken out against the draft accord, the Express reported.

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"That is the real problem, because if the United Kingdom had a single agreed line, backed by the majority of parties and the majority of MPs, then the whole situation would not be so unclear", she said. There was no confirmation.

May's supporters argue that the deal is the best on offer, and the alternatives are a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit that would cause huge disruption to people and businesses, or an election that could see the Conservative government replaced by the left-of-center Labour Party.

May, an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the turmoil following the referendum, has staked her future on a deal that she hopes will solve the Brexit riddle: leaving the European Union while preserving the closest possible ties.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland said that proposed deal would be "devastating" for Scotland, pledging her party would oppose it during the Parliamentary hearings.

Many opponents of Brexit are also upset as they fear Britain will be subject to the EU's rules while getting none of the benefits of membership.

Last night, her close allies began contemplating how to assemble the 320 votes deemed necessary to be sure of winning a Brexit vote.

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May also faced a showdown with Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which is in the coalition government with May's own Conservative party, over the potential impact of the deal on Northern Ireland.

The framework agreement announced on Tuesday capped a year-and-a-half of negotiations aimed at unwinding almost 46 years of British EU membership.

Senior UK government officials said the final text of the withdrawal agreement featured important gains for the UK on the backstop arrangements to be implemented if no trade deal can be reached.

Under backstop arrangements created to keep the Irish border open, if no trade deal is agreed by the end of the transition period in December 2020, a temporary "EU-UK single customs territory" would be established.

A United Kingdom government explanatory note on the deal said this meant that "there will be an option to avoid the backstop, even in the event that our future relationship is not complete and a temporary bridge is required".

It is unclear if that will pass muster in parliament.

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