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EU launches ratification of Brexit renewed treaty

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The process of ratification of the updated agreement on the conditions for Britain’s exit from the EU by the European Union has been launched, said Mina Andreeva, spokeswoman for the European Commission.

“The EU ratification process has been launched. (EU chief negotiator for Brexit) Barnier informed the Permanent Representatives of 27 countries (remaining in the union) and will inform the Brexit group of the European Parliament,” Reuters reports.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in turn, expressed hope that the lower house of the British parliament would approve a new deal with the EU, showing “necessary responsibility,” agency reports.

“If there are problems with ratification in the UK, then I do not exclude that a slight technical delay may occur,” he added.

Earlier sources said the EU could grant Britain a three-month delay on Brexit.

Britain’s exit from the EU was scheduled for October 31, 2019, but on Thursday, Brussels and London reached a new agreement on the conditions of Brexit, which now must be approved in the British Parliament.

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