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Boris Johnson to update new Brexit deal

Mr. Barnier said in Brussels that the final point – allowing for votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly – was “a cornerstone of our newly agreed approach”

Brussels: Today Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted and said that  “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”

The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it.

The Northern Irish party in an earlier statement saying they could not back proposals “as things stand”, and – after the PM’s announcement – said their statement “still stands”.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal sounded “even worse” than what was negotiated by the PM’s predecessor, Theresa May, and “should be rejected” by MPs.

But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a “fair and balanced agreement”.

In a letter recommending the deal to European Council President Donald Tusk wrote: “It is high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union’s future partnership with the United Kingdom.”

In September MPs passed a law that requires the PM to request an extension on 19 October if Parliament has not agreed on a deal or backed leaving without a deal by that date.

Mr. Johnson’s proposals for a new Brexit deal hinged on getting rid of the controversial backdrop the solution negotiated between Theresa May and the EU to solve issues around the Irish border after the UK leaves.

Mr johnson hoped to secure the support of Brexiteers in his own party and the DUP  by removing it which could hold the key to getting the numbers for a successful vote in the Commons

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the new deal rests on four main elements:

Northern Ireland will remain aligned to a limited set of EU rules, notably for goods, Northern Ireland will remain in the UK’s customs territory, but will “remain an entry point” into the EU’s one and only market, an agreement to maintain the integrity of the single market and satisfy the UK’s legitimate wishes over VAT, Northern Ireland representatives will be able to decide whether to continue applying union rules in Northern Ireland or not every four years

Mr. Barnier said in Brussels that the final point – allowing for votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly – was “a cornerstone of our newly agreed approach”.

The decision would be based on a simple majority, rather than requiring a majority of both unionists and nationalists to support the rules in order for them to pass.

After resignations and the removal of the party whip from more than 20 Tory MPs in recent weeks, Mr. Johnson now could face a tough battle to get his deal through Parliament.

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