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Live Updates: UK Prime Minister Says a 'Great New' Brexit Deal is Done

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The text of a new deal still needs the approval of the UK and the EU parliaments.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his country and the EU have reached a 'great new' Brexit deal.

​President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has confirmed that a deal was reached. 

The sides have been negotiating the legal text of a new Brexit deal. However, it still needs to be approved by both the UK and European parliaments.

The UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Johnson has reached "an even worse deal than Theresa May's, which was overwhelmingly rejected." Corbyn believes that the best way to "get Brexit sorted" is to hold another public vote to let the people have their final say. However, he said he did not expect a second vote to be on the agenda of the parliament's meeting on Saturday. 

According to EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Northern Ireland will comply with some EU rules on goods and will remain in the UK customs territory. 

Meanwhile, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said that its previous statement remains unchanged despite the news that a deal has been reached. DUP leader Arlene Foster said earlier that her party cannot support a deal that will keep Northern Ireland in the EU customs union. 

Johnson's previous Brexit draft plan suggested that Northern Ireland would leave the EU customs union with the rest of the UK after the transition period ends. However, the idea was rejected by both the DUP and the EU. 

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16:42 GMT 17.10.2019
'I Regret Brexit Deeply But Respect Sovereign Choice of a Majority in UK' - EU's Barnier
16:39 GMT 17.10.2019
Our Goals as Ireland Have Been Met - Irish PM Varadkar

According to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, an updated Brexit deal says there will be no checks on the land border. "Our goals as Ireland have been met," Varadkar said as quoted by Reuters. 

16:30 GMT 17.10.2019
EU's Juncker Says He is 'Happy and Relieved' That Brexit Deal is Reached

Reuters has quoted President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that he is "happy and relieved that we reached a deal but sad because Brexit is happening."

14:59 GMT 17.10.2019
EU Approves Deal on Brexit, Says It Will Take Effect on 1 November

27 EU states have approved an updated Brexit deal and agreed that it would come into force from 1 November, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said.

"Now ball is in the UK's court, I have no idea what the result of the House of Commons debate on Saturday will be," Tusk added as cited by Reuters.  

14:58 GMT 17.10.2019
Brexit Deal Delivers Priorities of Irish Government - Irish Finance Minister

Talking about a Brexit extension would be profoundly unhelpful if the deal is rejected by the UK parliament, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said, as quoted by Reuters.

Donohoe added that the Brexit deal won't change Ireland's draft budget for 2020.

13:24 GMT 17.10.2019
There Will Be No Extension to Britain's Departure from the EU - European Commission President
13:06 GMT 17.10.2019
Von Der Leyen Says New Deal Is 'A Good Starting Point for Future Negotiations, Future Relationship Between UK and EU'
12:59 GMT 17.10.2019
UK Lawmakers Agree to Discuss, Vote on Brexit Deal in Special Sitting on Saturday
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a closing speech at the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain, October 2, 2019. - Sputnik International
UK PM Johnson Hails ‘Great New Deal' on Brexit, Urges MPs to Ratify it at ‘Super Saturday’ Sitting
12:22 GMT 17.10.2019
Brexit Deal Could Take Effect on 1 November - Draft EU Summit Conclusions

The European Union leaders will agree later in the day that the new Brexit deal with the UK should come into force from 1 November, Reuters reports, quoting a draft of the summit's decision.

12:19 GMT 17.10.2019
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Comments on New Brexit Deal
12:13 GMT 17.10.2019
UK Government Departed From Principle That These Arrangement Must Be Subject to Consent of Both Unionists and Nationalists in Northern Ireland - DUP
Anti-Brexit billboards are seen on the northern side of the border between Newry, in Northern Ireland, and Dundalk, in the Republic of Ireland, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. - Sputnik International
Northern Ireland's DUP: 'We Cannot Support Brexit Deal As it Stands'
11:44 GMT 17.10.2019
French President Macron Tells BBC Editor He Is 'Personally Satisfied That We've Succeeded in Finding the Deal'
11:39 GMT 17.10.2019
UK PM Will Reportedly Tell EU Leaders It's This Deal or No Deal But No Delays

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell EU leaders it is this deal or no deal but no delays, and that he would not ask for an extension and won't accept one if offered, Reuters has reported, citing a source in the UK. 

11:29 GMT 17.10.2019
UK Pro-Brexit Lawmaker Duncan Smith Says There Are Some Issues With Political Declaration

"There are some issues I have already spotted in the political declaration. I am reserving my position on this," Duncan said as quoted by Reuters.

11:19 GMT 17.10.2019
Pound Jumps On New Brexit Deal News

The pound has jumped after a new Brexit deal was agreed between the UK and EU. It was up by more than 1% against the dollar, and also rose against the euro. 

11:10 GMT 17.10.2019
'Deal Worth Supporting Because It Protects Core Irish Interests' - Irish Foreign Minister
10:54 GMT 17.10.2019
European Commission Publishes Text of New Brexit Deal

The European Commission has published the 64-page new Brexit deal recently agreed by the UK and the EU.

The text is available on its website

10:50 GMT 17.10.2019
UK Opposition SNP Leader Sturgeon Says Party Will Not Vote for New Brexit Deal

"For Scotland, this deal would take us out of EU, single market and customs union - all against our will. It would leave us as only part of UK being taken out without consent and with no say on future relationship. @theSNP will not vote for that," Sturgeon tweeted.

10:47 GMT 17.10.2019
Brexit Party Leader Farage Says Johnson's Deal is Not Brexit

Mr Farage said that he would prefer a Brexit delay and a general election rather than having the parliament pass Johnson's deal.

10:42 GMT 17.10.2019
Finnish PM Says Ball is Now in UK Parliament's Court, Hopes Brexit Deal Can Get Through This Time
10:39 GMT 17.10.2019
'It's a Really Good, Exciting Deal Which Takes Out the Undemocratic Backstop' - Leader of UK House of Commons Rees-Mogg

Mr Rees-Mogg added that if the motion is passed, it will satisfy the requirements of the Benn Act. 

10:36 GMT 17.10.2019
UK PM's Spokeswoman Says Johnson Is Confident Deal Can Be Ratified by 31 Oct

Boris Johnson's spokeswoman added that the prime minister has the support of his cabinet. She added that members of parliament have a chance to back a deal that guarantees that the UK leaves the EU in an orderly way. 

10:33 GMT 17.10.2019
UK PM Says Deal Gets Rid of Backstop
10:30 GMT 17.10.2019
Johnson Says 'We Will Leave the EU's Cutoms Union as One United Kingdom'
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