European Leaders Endorse Boris Johnson's Brexit Plan

MPs will meet for an emergency session on Saturday to vote on the deal

The Irish border riddle remains a sticking point for Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has withheld its backing.

The deal defines cross-community support as more than 50 percent each of unionist and nationalist Assembly members voting in favour, or at least 40 percent of members from each designation if in total at least 60 percent of members have voted in favour.

Asked what happens if UK MPs vote down the new agreement on Saturday, Junker simply replied: "I'm not in charge of Westminster". It hasn't always been an easy experience for the UK.

'It has been long, painful and divisive.

Johnson has already tried twice to get an early general election, to allow him to win back a majority in parliament.

"This sell out deal won't bring the country together and should be rejected".

"Where there is a will, there is a deal - we have one!"

Following days of intense negotiations, the PM announced that he had struck a "great new deal" shortly before heading to the Brussels meeting.

Britain and the European Union have agreed to a Brexit deal.

But it would involve some customs and tax checks with the rest of the United Kingdom, and the DUP warned the plans "undermine the integrity of the union".

The party said their position was unchanged after the announcement of the provisional deal.

"Instead of the "easiest deal in history", as sold by the Leave campaigns, we are now effectively being asked to choose between a poor deal and no deal, a rock and a hard place".

However, whether any requested extension is granted is not down to Mr Juncker - it requires the consent of the 27 remaining members of the European Council.

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EU Council President Donald Tusk and Ireland's Leo Varadkar both said the door will be open for the U.K.to return one day.

Mr Johnson has assured his European counterparts that he can get the deal through parliament, and French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "reasonably confident" the deal could be ratified. Some Labour rebels may vote with the government, but it is not clear whether that will be enough to offset the loss of the DUP and some Tory MPs (both those who oppose this deal and those who have had the whip withdrawn following the September votes).

And Mr Juncker sought to focus MPs' minds, saying that Brussels can see no need for another delay to the painful divorce. "But there are still many doubts - for instance, inside the British Parliament".

The agreement scraps the "backstop", a mechanism envisaged earlier that was created to prevent a hard border being introduced on the island of Ireland, and would have bound Britain to some European Union rules.

Johnson's team hopes the threat of Britain leaving without a deal on his deadline of October 31 will concentrate minds in parliament, which rejected an agreement negotiated by his predecessor, Theresa May, three times.

Under the measures to replace the so-called "Irish backstop" in the previous failed agreement, the plan would see Northern Ireland remain British legal territory but trade under European Union regulations.

The CBI represents about 180,000 business across the United Kingdom and about 75 per cent of the top 100 businesses, and hundreds of small firms in Northern Ireland.

If MPs approve the deal, it must be formally implemented through an EU Withdrawal Bill.

If he can not secure a deal, a law passed by MPs in September will require him to ask the European Union for another extension.

Jean-Claude Juncker made a plea for MPs to back the renewed deal.

The new agreement states that this alignment would apply to goods, sanitary measures for animals, Value-Added Tax and state aid rules.

"From what we know, it seems the prime minister has negotiated an even worse deal than Theresa May's, which was overwhelmingly rejected", he said.

"Also, it is unclear whether it has the support of [Mr Johnson's] allies in the DUP or indeed many of his allies on his own back benches".

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