November 14, 2018 / 8:33 PM / a month ago

EU parliament welcomes progress on Brexit deal

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier delivers a statement after Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet meeting, in Brussels, Belgium, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament on Wednesday welcomed progress on agreeing a Brexit deal after Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet approved a draft agreement reached by negotiators.

“It is encouraging to see that we are moving towards a fair deal that should ensure an orderly withdrawal, including a backstop guaranteeing that there will be no hardening of the Northern Irish/Irish border,” the EU legislature’s Brexit steering group said in a statement.

“This deal is a milestone towards a credible and sustainable future relationship between the EU and the UK.”

The EU parliament must approve the agreement for it to take effect.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; editing by John Stonestreet

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