UK, EU reach tentative Brexit deal

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October 17, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons. (House of Commons/Pa Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union finally reached a new tentative Brexit deal today, hoping to escape the acrimony, divisions and frustration of their three-year divorce battle. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson now faces the Herculean task of selling the accord to his recalcitrant parliament — including his allies in Northern Ireland.

Only hours before Brussels hosted a summit of the bloc’s 28 national leaders, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted: “We have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions.”

Johnson tweeted that the two sides had struck a “great new deal” and urged U.K. lawmakers to ratify it in a special session being held Saturday — only the first time since 1982 that British lawmakers have been at work on that day.

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