British Prime minister, Theresa May says her cabinet has backed a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU
May was speaking after what she said was a “long, detailed and impassioned debate” in a five-hour cabinet meeting.
She said it was a “decisive step” in the progress of Brexit, and would allow the agreement to be finalised.
In her statement outside Downing Street, May said the agreed package was “the result of thousands of hours of hard negotiation with EU officials”.
She believed that “this decisive choice is in the best interests of the entire UK”, adding: “When you strip away the detail, the choice before us is clear.
“This deal, which delivers on the vote of the referendum, which brings back control of our money, laws and borders, ends free movement, protects jobs, security and our Union; or leave with no deal, or no Brexit at all.”
The EU’s chief negotiator said it was in both sides’ interests.
But leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg described it as a “rotten deal”.