UK and the EU agree on new deal, await parliaments' ratification

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UK and the EU agree on new deal, await parliaments' ratification

The United Kingdom and European Union have reportedly agreed upon a new Brexit deal on Thursday, 17th October. However, the deal still needs to be passed by the respective parliaments of the UK and EU before Great Britain can exit the EU on its slated deadline of 31st October.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared his jubilation about the agreement of the new deal in a tweet. He said, “We've got a great new deal that takes back control”. Johnson, who had shut down the parliament before the Supreme Court intervened and pronounced the verdict of its re-opening, was keen to exit the EU on the aforementioned date with or without a deal.

However, his pursuance to exit the EU regardless of whether a deal had been put in place was firmly rejected by his fellow Conservative party members and even led to him losing majority in the lower house of the country’s parliament.

Johnson’s hopes are currently placed on the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). If the DUP were to support him, the Brexit would happen as planned, two weeks from now. However, prior to Johnson’s meeting with the EU on Thursday, DUP had said it could not pledge support to the terms set proposed by Johnson as they were not fair towards Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s leader and deputy leader respectively, said, “…As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT… We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom”.