Theresa May has said, the cabinet has backed a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU.
The prime minister has given a brief speech, after a five-hour long cabinet meeting today, saying that it was a “decisive step” in the Brexit plan, and would allow to finalise the agreement in the following days.
Leading Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg has described this as a “rotten deal”.
The 585-page draft withdrawal agreement and a brief statement dealing with the future relations of the UK and the EU have now been published.
The draft agreement beholds the “divorce” issues and includes methods to protect the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and vice versa.
It also includes a planned 21-month transition period after the UK officially leaves the EU in March, 2019 as well as a “financial settlement” that is aimed to be about £39bn.
European Parliament Brexit lead Guy Verhofstadt has said: “The agreement will make a Brexit possible, while maintaining a close relationship between the EU and UK, a protection of citizens’ rights and the avoidance of a hard Irish border”.
In her statement, May has also said: “Tt was the result of thousands of hours of hard negotiation with EU officials. (…) I firmly believe with my head and heart that this decisive choice is in the best interests of the entire UK”.