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UK Cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal
2018-11-14 11:40:16

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win colleagues' support for a draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU, as the cabinet meets later today amid calls to reject the deal from both senior Brexiteers and some Remain supporters, the BBC reports.

The PM is also continuing one-to-one briefings with ministers on the plans.

Some cabinet members have "deep reservations” regarding the draft, which is seen as a significant moment in the negotiations between the UK and Brussels.

Meanwhile, ambassadors from the remaining 27 EU member states will discuss the agreement and the possibility of organizing an emergency summit to sign off on it.

If this happens, the government will then face a battle to win Parliament's backing, with some Tories vowing to vote against it and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party - which Mrs May relies on to win key Commons votes - also expressing concern.

 After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.'s smooth exit from the bloc, the AP reported earlier. 

The details of the draft agreement have not been published, but it is made up of a withdrawal agreement - said to run to 500 pages - alongside a statement about what the UK and EU's future relationship will look like.

The withdrawal agreement includes how to guarantee there will not be physical border checks reintroduced in Northern Ireland - the major sticking point in recent weeks.