Jean-Claude Juncker and Boris Johnson say a Brexit deal has been agreed
At a metaphoric minute to midnight Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker have declared that a new Brexit deal has been agreed - or has it?
Breaking News across the media this morning declared that after weeks, months and years of wrangling, that the UK and the EU were finally on the same page.
Juncker was upbeat and triumphant in his tweet declaring that, “ there is a deal” and furthermore, “ it’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions”.
Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, also took to the press rostrum delighted that the talks had been successfully concluded and Johnson stated that, "We've got a great new deal that takes back control."
It would therefore appear that the Brexit merry-go-round has finally reached its conclusion, but it now seems as if the Brexit circus is now coming to town at the weekend.
Although the intricate details of the new deal have not been published, it seems that the agreement over the relationship between Northern Ireland and the EU have been at the heart of the proposition.
The backstop was always a concern for the ERG and other eurosceptics and it appears that the PM feels the EU have compromised sufficiently for them now to get on board.
However, Arlene Foster and the DUP have already declared that they can not support this deal and Jeremy Corbyn has described it as even worse than May’s deal and he will be advising Labour MPs to oppose it.
If the EU 27 agree to this new document in their summit today and tomorrow, it will be vital that Johnson gets it through parliament on Saturday. With the DUP kicking up, however, it looks more than likely that Boris Johnson will simply not have the numbers to pass the new deal and with the Benn Act in the sidelines, a re-igniting of the whole sorry affair could begin again once an extension to the current deadline is accepted.