Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:15

After months of negotiations, the UK and EU agreed a new withdrawal deal, according to statement from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

A major sticking point to the plan had been the question of the Irish border.

According to Juncker, the withdrawal agreement "focused on the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and sought to identify a mutually satisfactory solution to address the specific circumstances on the island of Ireland."

Meanwhile Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "We've got a great new deal that takes back control."

 We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019

The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

However the next challenge for Johnson will be getting approval in the British Parliament (particularly from Northern Ireland's Democratic Union Party).

DUP support is crucial in Johnson getting majority support. But shortly after the withdrawal deal was announced, 

The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it.