British PM Theresa May: Brexit talks are nearing their endgame

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UK says Brexit deal 'almost within touching distance'

"Cabinet will meet at 2:00 pm (1400 GMT) tomorrow to consider the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels, and to decide on next steps", it said.

The crucial cabinet meeting is set to take place on Wednesday afternoon, when ministers will be able to examine the 400-page withdrawal agreement in more detail.

Both the U.K. and the European Union have agreed that there will be no formal customs duties at that border, though many Brexit supporters reject the idea of placing Northern Ireland under different rules from the rest of the United Kingdom.

"I think it's the worst of all worlds", former education minister Justine Greening, who supported staying in the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum, told BBC radio, adding that she did not think there was any chance it could get through parliament.

Sterling hit a 7-month high versus the euro and rocketed beyond $1.30 on Tuesday after the United Kingdom and European Union agreed on the text for a Brexit divorce deal. "We both hope and expect a deal will be negotiated".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, said the deal amounted to a "failure to deliver on Brexit" and would make a "vassal state" of Britain. "But what we are negotiating is immensely hard", May said.

It is against this backdrop that Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia will fly to London today ahead of meetings with ministers and officials from various different UK Government departments.

Ireland's national broadcaster said the text was agreed late on Monday and then transmitted to London, quoting the sources as saying it was "as stable as it can be", but that it would be incorrect to say the Brexit negotiations had "concluded".

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And another Brexiteer former cabinet minister, John Whittingdale, said it was hard to see how Mrs May's premiership could continue if MPs rejected any Brexit deal she brought back to Parliament. EU-backing Liberal Democrats and the SNP are expected to vote against the deal.

May's political opponents predicted some Cabinet ministers may resign rather than back the deal.

He added: "We object to that on constitutional grounds that our laws would be made in Brussels, not in Westminster or Belfast".

"With the UK Cabinet and Parliament yet to agree to the plans, we are clearly not out of the woods yet", said Capital Economics economist Ruth Gregory.

May's cabinet is splintered on Brexit, with some senior ministers opposed to provisions that could keep the United Kingdom closely tied to the European Union for years to come.

Labour has also indicated it is likely to vote down the deal, though their MPs in areas which voted strongly for Brexit may abstain or vote with the government.

Her coalition partners from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have also threatened to vote against the agreement if they find it splinters the province from the rest of Britain. He suggested the DUP might withdraw its support for May's government if that was the case.

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