UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on his Twitter account that a “great new deal” has been agreed between the UK and EU negotiating teams as he was leaving for the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday October 17th.
Moments before the tweet was published on Johnson’s profile, he had been seen heading out of 10 Downing Street heading for Brussels where he will be meeting with European leaders, the BBC reported.
“We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control,” he wrote, before shifting responsibility to parliament by saying: “now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl.”
The two sides of the Brexit negotiation have been working on the legal text of an agreed deal. The text, however, will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.
If EU leaders approve the agreement at the summit in Brussels on Thursday, it is up to the British parliament to reach a decision over it in a special sitting on Saturday.
To achieve enough support in parliament to gain approval for his deal, Johnson would need to secure the Democratic Unionist Party’s backing. The DUP have declared issues with Johnson’s attempt to solve the problem of checks at the Irish border by positioning a customs border in the Irish Sea.
Apart from the DUP’s support, Johnson would also need to win over to his side the 21 Tory rebels whom he previously had expelled from the party, as well as potentially some opposition Labour MPs.