The UK and the European Union have agreed on a Brexit deal in the final hours of negotiations, keeping alive Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hopes of taking the country out of the bloc on Oct. 31.
Announcing the decision Thursday morning, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said it was a “fair and balanced” agreement.
The prime minister said it was a “great new deal that takes back control” and urged MPs to vote for it.
MPs are expected to be asked to approve the agreement at an emergency House of Commons session on Saturday.
Johnson’s chances of winning the knife-edge vote were dealt a blow earlier this morning when Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said she could not yet back his Brexit plans.
And following the announcement of a deal, the DUP said it was still not onboard. “Has the EU changed its mind since 7am? You have our statement,” a party source told HuffPost UK.
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