British, EU leaders meet as Brexit deadline looms

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November 21, 2018 - 10:20 AM

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LONDON (AP) ? British Prime Minister Theresa May told skeptical lawmakers today that rejecting her divorce deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division, before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement.

The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain?s departure, but are still working to nail down agreement on future relations before EU leaders meet in Brussels on Sunday to rubber-stamp the package.

But May is under intense pressure from pro-Brexit and pro-EU British lawmakers, with large numbers on both sides of the debate opposing the divorce deal. Brexiteers think it will leave the U.K. tied too closely to EU rules, while pro-Europeans say it will erect new barriers between Britain and the bloc, its neighbor and biggest trading partner.

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