Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, headed to Brussels today in order to meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, in an attempt to finalise a Brexit deal ahead of an EU leaders summit that is scheduled to be held this coming Sunday.
The publication of a draft agreement last week sparked outrage among British MPs and resulted in the resignations of Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, and Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary.
The two sides wish to agree on the divorce terms and a plan for future relations before the leaders gather to approve the deal this coming weekend. This comes after the draft was criticised both in the United Kingdom and the European Union.
The key terms that have not yet been agreed upon include the status of Gibraltar, the transition extension, and European fishing in British waters.
Spain said that it will be voting down the deal unless it excludes Gibraltar, however, May has already insisted that the British territory is included in the said agreement.
The crunch meeting comes as Northern Ireland’s DUP, which props up the government of May through a confidence and supply agreement, had chosen to abstain on various key Finance Bill votes. It sent a warning to the government regarding the Brexit vote.
Arlene Foster, a DUP leader, said that the draft Brexit deal could undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom.
More than 200 chief executives, entrepreneurs, and founders signed an Alliance of British Entrepreneurs letter that is urging the MPs to vote down the deal. It said that it does not pass the tests that were set out by May during one of her speeches at Lancaster House last year.