27 member state of the European Union, on Sunday, has endorsed Britain exit from the EU. This was announced by the chairman during a special council meeting on sunday.
He said. “EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations,” Tusk said after less than an hour of the leaders’ summit.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite also said after the session: “Brexit deal endorsed, but exit process far from over.”
The 27 leaders adopted an official statement in which they also committed “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.”
The statement also promised “as close as possible a partnership with the United Kingdom” after Britain leaves on March 29, 2019, and thanked Michel Barnier, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator. They urged the UK parliament to back the deal as well.
While EU leaders mourned a "sad day" in the bloc's decades-long history, UK Prime Minister Theresa May disagreed, saying "I am full of optimism."
Less than an hour after members gathered in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that they had endorsed the "Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations."The agreement is a small victory for May, who must now persuade lawmakers in the UK Parliament to vote for her deal.