Brexit: Donald Tusk says deal 'will avoid hard border'

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday that his country would vote against the divorce agreement if Gibraltar's future isn't considered a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.

Prime Minister Theresa May met EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels and the pair made progress on the terms of the agreement, according to officials on both sides.

Donald Tusk made the remark in a letter to European Union leaders ahead of a summit on Sunday.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party struck a deal a year ago for its 10 lawmakers to back May's Conservatives on major legislation.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has hit out at Theresa May's withdrawal deal, branding it worse than remaining in the EU.

Agreement on the text was announced by European Council president Donald Tusk, who said in a tweet: "I have just sent to EU27 a draft Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between EU and UK".

Rudd argued that parliament should back May's exit deal to restore certainty ahead of the March 29 deadline, but other MPs from both May's Conservatives and the opposition are lobbying for a second referendum to perhaps reverse Brexit.

Varadkar enjoyed cross-party support throughout the talks in a bid to avoid the return of border checks between EU-member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, which many feel would threaten a 20-year-old peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian bloodshed in Northern Ireland.

The DUP is incensed at the backstop, which it fears will effectively create a border with mainland Britain, weakening bonds and increasing the chances of a unified Ireland.

There is a risk on the one hand beyond that of no Brexit at all - and there are people trying to thwart Brexit - and there is also a risk of no deal.

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Britain's closest EU allies, led by the Netherlands and the Baltics, are pressing for a deal to allow British industry into lucrative EU military projects and tap into EU funds. Agreements on "equivalence" of financial services regulations and access and quotas for fishing should be reached in time to come into effect at the end of the transition period on December 31 2020. It's a delicate issue for May, because some in her party worry the extension could be used to trap Britain in the EU's rules indefinitely.

May tried to build public and business support for the deal on Monday, telling business lobby group the Confederation of British Industry that it "fulfills the wishes of the British people" to leave the European Union, by taking back control of the U.K.'s laws, money and borders. No alternative plan. There is no other approach that we could negotiate with the EU.

"As we have got nearer to the point of withdrawal that has had a more material adverse impact on some companies' investment plans", he said.

British businesses, longing for an end to uncertainty about what rules they will face after Brexit, have broadly welcomed the agreement.

The UK would be happy enough not to discuss the future of detail in too much detail in the political declaration.

"Microsoft, its employees and its customers need a workable deal, not 'no deal, '" said United Kingdom chief executive Cindy Rose.

In Brussels, Austria's minister for Europe, Gernot Bluemel, struck a more melancholy tone.

But Balfour, a dual British-Italian citizen, said May will likely get a more favorable political declaration for future ties to accompany the divorce settlement. "We have the divorce papers on the table; 45 years of hard marriage are coming to an end".

It remains unclear whether further negotiation will be needed on Sunday or whether the summit will be a simple rubber-stamping exercise.

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