D-Day for May as she seeks backing for draft Brexit deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that a draft divorce deal with the European Union delivers the Brexit that Britons voted for, as she tried to persuade her divided Cabinet that it must back the agreement or plunge the U.K. into political and economic uncertainty.
May called a special Cabinet meeting after negotiators from Britain and the European Union broke a months-long logjam and reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open after Brexit.
Ministers filed into 10 Downing St. for the afternoon meeting as noisy rival protests — one by pro-EU demonstrators, the other by Brexit-backing group Leave Means Leave — chanted and shouted down the street.
Earlier, May told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the draft deal “takes us significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for in the referendum” of 2016 that opted to leave the EU.