EU Leaders Seal Brexit Deal, Urge Britons to Back May
European Union leaders formally agreed to a Brexit deal at a Brussels summit on November 25th, urging Britons to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s package, which faces furious opposition in the British parliament. The 27 leaders took barely half an hour to rubber-stamp a 600-page treaty setting terms for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union on March 29 and a 26-page declaration outlining a future free trading relationship. May joined them shortly afterwards for what will be a brief meeting to seal the accord. “This is the deal,” European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters on his way to the meeting, saying he believed May would get it through parliament and ruling out big new concessions. “Now it is time for everybody to take responsibility — everybody,” said Michel Barnier, the Frenchman who has ground out the withdrawal treaty over the past 18 months.