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Johnson has a Brexit deal based on vague promises and tax tricks

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Report. Juncker called the deal ‘fair and balanced’ but others called for caution: ‘History tells us parliaments may not like the agreement.’

written by Anna Maria Merlo

Topic European Union


October 19, 2019

Will there be a soft Brexit on Oct. 31? “There is no need for prolongation,” was EC President Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement—a gift to Boris Johnson—after a deal was reached in Brussels on Thursday, a few hours before the start of the European Council.

According to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the text brings “legal certainty and certainty where Brexit creates uncertainty.” First of all, for the European citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU, the agreement is the same one that was concluded a year ago (settled status for residents, but the rules for future immigrants are still vague). It also offers certainties for businesses. There was obvious relief in Brussels, but the deal is still hanging by a number of frail threads.

First of all, on the UK domestic front, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not have an easy time getting the deal passed in Westminster on Saturday. The European side, after they avoided responsibility for a failure to agree on a deal with the approval of Thursday’s compromise, must closely analyze all the deal’s clauses, and the text must be translated and evaluated by the legal authorities in the 27 states. It may be necessary to hold a new European Council summit before Oct. 31 to resolve any technical issues (while a rejection of the deal in........

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