Senior ministers agree that reaching a Brexit deal by the end of November is a priority.
A senior cabinet member shared that it has never been a mystery that waiting longer comes with more difficulties.
“Everyone Saw The Difficulties”
A Brexit deal with the European Union is now a top goal to be reached before the end of November, say senior U.K. ministers.
“Everyone saw the difficulties of leaving it longer,” said a senior cabinet member in a recent BBC report. The report indicated that the media outlet had seen a detailed timetable proposal for the way in which the British government may attempt to obtain the backing of MPs and the public for a Brexit deal.
The timetable included speeches by Prime Minister Theresa May, in addition to the support of influential public figures such as foreign leaders and business heads. The government has dismissed these notes, which indicate that the cabinet had been hopeful to review a prior deal for the U.K. withdrawal during an earlier meeting.
Getting it Done in November
The BBC sources said that the cabinet had not been presented with a final deal. However, it added that ministers had agreed to seek a deal by the close of November, and would be meeting once again this week, said the report.
So-called Brexit Day, when the U.K. withdraws from the European Union, will occur on 29 March. That said, the U.K. and the E.U. have yet to come to an agreement on any of the major terms of this withdrawal. This includes everything from trade agreements to the most central point of negotiations, the Irish border.
Reaching a Brexit Deal
If the U.K. is able to reach a deal with the E.U. before the withdrawal, the prime minister is still required to convince her party – in addition to the rest of British Parliament – to vote in favor of it in a key Commons vote.
The report provided an outline of the way in which ministers would present a deal reached between the U.K. and the E.U. The BBC quoted the notes: “The narrative is going to be measured success, that this is good for everyone but won’t be all champagne corks popping.”