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Theresa May insisted her deal would finally stop Britain bickering over Brexit

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THERESA May has pleaded with her MPs to back her Brexit deal so Brits can finally stop arguing about it – after leaders signed it off at a historic summit today.

As Britain moved a step closer to our exit, the Prime Minister insisted it was “time to move on” and her deal was “the only possible deal” that could be secured.

At a press conference this lunchtime after meetings with other leaders she said in a direct pitch to her wavering MPs: “The British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit.

“This will allow us to come together again as a country.”

And Mrs May insisted that it was the only one available – as she geared up for the fight of her career to get it passed by MPs in the Commons.

100 Tory MPs alone are set to vote against it when it comes to the Commons, and DUP ally Arlene Foster threatened to bring down the government altogether by pulling the plug on their support.

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EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations.

 She said Brits wanted to 'move on' now and stop arguing

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She said Brits wanted to ‘move on’ now and stop arguing

 Theresa May has arrived at the summit where EU leaders have finally signed off her deal

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Theresa May has arrived at the summit where EU leaders have finally signed off her deal

 The PM will hold a press conference later today

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The PM will hold a press conference later today

 Mrs May held talks with EU leaders ahead of an expected statement to the press on the signing of the deal

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Mrs May held talks with EU leaders ahead of an expected statement to the press on the signing of the deal

 The Brexit deal was signed off by EU leaders this morning after a very brief meeting lasting just a few minutes

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The Brexit deal was signed off by EU leaders this morning after a very brief meeting lasting just a few minutes

 Yesterday Theresa May in talks with other leaders - this morning it was given the green light

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Yesterday Theresa May in talks with other leaders – this morning it was given the green light

Mrs May also dodged again questions on whether she would quit if her deal is rejected in the Commons, and slapped down more calls for a second referendum.

“This is a deal that’s the result of what has been tough and difficult negotiations over a significant period of time and as has been said this is the deal that’s on the table, this is the best possible deal, it’s the only possible deal,” she stressed.

And she said the British people would “understand” that “in any negotiation, you do not get everything you want”.

She vowed that her agreement would end freedom of movement “once and for all”, would protect the UK and take back control of our money and laws.

 Jean Claude Juncker warned MPs that they would be 'disappointed' if they thought they could get a better deal

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Jean Claude Juncker warned MPs that they would be ‘disappointed’ if they thought they could get a better deal

On another crucial day for Brexit:

  • The Lithuanian President said there could be a second referendum if the deal was thrown out by MPs, as other leaders warned it was the best deal the bloc could offer
  • EU leaders warned it was a “only deal” the country would get – and attempts to renegotiate would get thrown out in seconds
  • But France’s Emmanuel Macron risked Brexiteer fury by saying the EU WILL use Irish backstop to force us to roll over on giving access to our waters in future
  • It was revealed that Remainer Cabinet ministers have formed a new ‘gang of five‘ to try and force the PM to accept an even softer Brexit if her deal gets wrecked by MPs in the Commons
  • Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would oppose the deal which he called a “miserable failure”
  • Tony Blair claimed Labour will end up backing another referendum on Brexit

EU boss Jean Claude Juncker forcefully warned MPs that there was no other option up for grabs in a press conference just minutes before Mrs May.

He said: “This is the best deal we could have achieved.”

He went on: “Those who think by rejecting the deal they would have a better deal will be disappointed.”

And his EU colleague Michel Barnier told MPs it was time for “everybody to take their responsibilities” as leaders joined a charm offensive to try and help Mrs May seal it all off.

The Frenchman insisted to reporters that “we will remain allies, partners and friends” after spending months getting the 600-page deal ready.

But Mr Macron vowed to fight for access to Britain’s waters in a future trade deal.

He said the issue would be a “key point of future negotiations” and insisted the French would “defend access as part of the indispensable balance”.

 The EU warned MPs that this was the only option on the table and the best deal possible

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The EU warned MPs that this was the only option on the table and the best deal possible

 Emmanuel Macron risked fury by saying he would fight for continued fishing access for the French

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Emmanuel Macron risked fury by saying he would fight for continued fishing access for the French