The draft 26-page declaration on the future of the EU-UK relationship after Brexit set to be agreed this weekend was leaked on Thursday, with The Guardian among other outlets publishing it in full.
Theresa May said that the Brexit Deal “is the right deal for the UK. It delivers on the vote of the referendum, it brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws and it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom.”
Throughout these difficult and complex negotiations with the European Union, I have had one goal in mind; to honour the vote of the British people and to deliver a good Brexit deal.
“Last week we achieved a decisive breakthrough when we agreed with the European Commission the terms for our smooth and orderly exit from the EU.
“Alongside that withdrawal agreement we published an outline political declaration setting out the framework for our future relationship.
“Last night I had a good, detailed discussion with president Juncker in which I set out what was needed in the declaration to deliver for the United Kingdom.
“We tasked our negotiating teams to continue working overnight, and as a result the text of that declaration has been agreed between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
“I have just updated the Cabinet on progress and I’ll be making a statement to the House of Commons later this afternoon.
“This is the right deal for the UK. It delivers on the vote of the referendum, it brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws and it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom.
“The agreement we have reached is between the UK and the European Commission.
“It is now up to the 27 leaders of the EU member states to examine this agreement in the days leading up to the special EU Council meeting on Sunday.
“I will be speaking to my counterparts over that time including speaking to Chancellor Kurz of Austria here in Downing Street later today.
“Last night I spoke to the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and I’m confident on Sunday that we’ll be able to agree a deal that delivers for the whole UK family, including Gibraltar.
“On Saturday I will return to Brussels for a further meeting with President Juncker where we will discuss how to bring this process to a conclusion in the interest of all our people.”
“The British people want this to be settled, they want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future.”
“That deal is within our grasp and I am determined to deliver on it.”
A spokesman for the European Commission says the purpose of the PM’s meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Saturday evening will be to take stock of the situation.
He says: “Work is continuing. The work will continue, as we speak. It is important that there is a moment to assess where we are.
“Once this on-going work, the on-going negotiations crystallise, or not. And then, on the basis of this, I think it’s very useful that the prime minister will come again at six o’clock on Saturday to see where we are.”
He adds: “When you say Mr Juncker, Mrs May, Saturday night, you should not expect any apocalyptical things to happen because they would have to take stock and assess the work that would have happened, that will have happened.”
EU Commission and British negotiators agree on draft text of political declaration on future EU-UK ties after Brexit
The political declaration – outlining how trade, security and other issues will work – has been “agreed in principle”, the European Council says.
The draft declaration will now be screened by national envoys of the remaining 27 EU states meeting in Brussels on Thursday.
The political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU has been “agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level”, European Council president Donald Tusk has said.
Mr Tusk said in a tweet: “I have just sent to EU27 a draft Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between EU and UK.
“The Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement of the Leaders.”
The text, seen by Reuters, said the EU and Britain “agree to develop an ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership.
“This partnership will be comprehensive, encompassing a free trade area as well as wider sectoral cooperation … will be underpinned by provisions ensuring a level playing field.”
The text said the post-Brexit relationship would respect “the integrity of the Union’s Single Market and the Customs Union as well as the United Kingdom’s internal market, and recognize the development of an independent trade policy by the United Kingdom beyond this economic partnership.”
London and Brussels have already agreed the draft terms of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019.
Theresa May will make a statement to MPs later today, Labour whips say.