On Sunday, the leaders of the 28 European Union countries are expected to meet in Brussels at a carefully choreographed summit to approve Brexit plans and an accompanying political declaration on the future ties between Britain and the 27 European Union nations that will say goodbye officially in March.
Leaders of the 27 other members of the EU took less than 40 minutes to approve the draft documents at a special summit in Brussels, EU Council president Donald Tusk confirmed.
Sanchez had said on Friday he wouldn't back the divorce deal United Kingdom and European Union leaders are supposed to vote on during Sunday's summit in Brussels, saying a draft agreement did not include clear language regarding Gibraltar.
Both Remainers and Leavers in the British Parliament are warning that May doesn't have the necessary support with the all the opposition parties lined up against the deal and as many as 100 lawmakers, Remainers and Leavers among them, from May's ruling Conservatives pledging to vote against it as well. "It will protect the integrity of our United Kingdom and ensure that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland - so people can live their lives as they do now".
The deal will nearly certainly come with steep costs for both sides, leaving leaders in the extraordinary position of negotiating a split that they nearly all believe will harm their citizens.
European leaders have finally approved a deal on the UK's departure from the EU during an emergency summit in Brussels.
"I am totally convinced this is the only deal possible", he said. "I'm proud that Gibraltar is British and I will always stand by Gibraltar".
Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake claimed the PM had "caved in" and "appears to have cast the people of Gibraltar aside".
United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May has vowed that she will "always stand by Gibraltar" despite striking a compromise with Spain in order to get her Brexit deal with the European Union over the line.
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She used her keynote speech at the DUP's annual conference in Belfast to reject the government's proposed deal and said it must be improved in the weeks ahead.
As talks among Spanish, British and European Union officials continued on Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he was ready to thwart his British counterpart May's hopes of seeing European Union leaders sign off on promises of close ties with London after Britain leaves the bloc in March if he did not get his way. European President Jean-Claude Juncker took the opportunity this morning to warn British members of parliament to vote for May's deal when they come to ratify the deal she's struck with European leaders.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo fired back at Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday night, dismissing his claims that Spain had secured "historic" gains in its sovereignty aspirations over Gibraltar.
DUP leader Arlene Foster told the Times that Mrs May's deal would be a worse outcome than a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn.
European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier said: "We have reached a fair and balanced agreement with the UK".
"I have just announced to the King that Spain has reached an agreement on Gibraltar", he told a news conference.
"I want that to be a moment of renewal and reconciliation for our whole country", she writes.
Tajani said a "large majority" of European parliamentarians supported the deal.
The agreement paves the way for Britain's smooth departure from the bloc from the European Union side, though a bumpy ride still awaits in the U.K. In a formal statement endorsing the deal, the leaders called on European Union institutions "to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 30 March 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal".
In an open letter to the British public published Sunday, May promised to campaign "with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal".