British and the European Union (EU) have reached a provisional deal on Brexit - Photo by EU Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – British and the European Union (EU) have reached a provisional deal on Brexit. The deal still has to pass through Britain’ House of Commons and be formally ratified by the member states of the European Union. Members of EU will vote on the proposal on Nov. 1.

“Where there is a will, there is a deal – 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. I recommend that European Commission endorses this deal,” EU’ president Jean-Claude Juncker said in an official statement yesterday (10/17).

He adds, the deal means that there is no need for any kind of prolongation and is a fair and balanced agreement. Furthermore, he said, the deal will provides certainty on the Brexit deal.

He stated,” “It protects the rights of our citizens and it protects peace and stability on the island of Ireland. There will be no border on the island of Ireland. And the Single Market will be protected.

“And I look forward to continue my conversations with Boris, because we will start the negotiations on the future relations immediately after the deal will have been approved,” said Juncker.

After reach the a provisional deal, EU and Britain will start the debates on Nov. 1, without delay. Today, Juncket together with EU’ negotiator, Michel Barnier,will explain the deal to the 27 Heads of State or Government.

“And of course, it is for both our Parliaments to have the final say. It is not only Westminster having to approve the deal – the deal being in fact a Treaty – it is also up to the European Parliament to do the same,” said the president.

Barnier added, since day one, the EU has been united. “We negotiated with the UK as one union, one family. We put peace and people above everything else. Now it’s time to turn a page and look towards our new partnership with the UK’ Brexit,” said the negotiator.

Johnson now will return to London with a Brexit deal and the hard work begins, as the premier works to convince lawmakers to get it over the line in Parliament. There are 650 Members of Parliament at the United Kingdom (UK) Common House. Saturday’ vote will arguably be his most important yet. 

by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com