The EU and UK negotiating teams have reached an agreement on a Brexit deal said the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in a press conference this morning. It will, however, still need the approval of both the European and UK parliaments.

“This so-called ‘agreement’ is not a deal in the interests of the people but a cynical power grab by a self-serving elite. It agrees to placing an internal border within the UK, which Boris Johnson previously claimed no British PM would ever do and moves references to a level playing field from the withdrawal agreement to the non-binding political declaration. It is dishonest and shows contempt for the interests of the people it claims to defend,” said the co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley.

“We still believe that the single best deal is the one we currently enjoy as members of the EU.  We now only have two weeks until the Brexit deadline on 31 October. This is not enough time to give this deal the democratic scrutiny it requires both in parliament and among the public, which is why we need more time to allow for a democratic People’s Vote with an option to remain,” the two leaders added.

“We stand by our Green colleagues in the UK and give our full support to their call for a People’s Vote on this Brexit deal which would be the fairest and most democratic way to decide the best way forward.  We still believe the best option would be for the UK to remain in the EU,” commented the European Green Party co-chair Monica Frassoni.