The president of the European Fee has mentioned he would vote in favour of Theresa Could’s Brexit deal if he had a vote within the UK parliament.

Jean-Claude Juncker mentioned the settlement was “the most effective deal doable” and that the EU wouldn’t change its “elementary place”.

It comes as EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier insists he has at all times “negotiated with the UK, by no means in opposition to” it.

The president’s feedback are a part of an EU-wide push to persuade British MPs that the plan is price backing. The arithmetic within the Home of Commons presently suggests it will likely be rejected by a large margin if nothing modifications.

Mr Juncker described Britain’s departure as a “tragic second”.

“I might vote in favour of this deal as a result of that is the most effective deal doable for Britain,” he advised reporters on the doorstep of a Brussels summit to log off the deal.

“That is the deal. It is the most effective deal doable and the EU is not going to change its elementary place on the subject of these points.”

He added: “The UK leaving the EU is a tragic second. Not a second to have a good time.”

However arriving on the similar assembly, French president Emmanuel Macron mentioned: “It isn’t a day once we ought to have a good time, nor a day of mourning. It’s the selection of a sovereign folks.”

He added that Britain’s departure confirmed the EU had a “fragile” facet and was in want of reform. He additionally pledged that the deal would shield the entry of French fishermen to British waters.

Mr Barnier, who can be attending the assembly, mentioned: “All alongside this extraordinary negotiation, very troublesome we’ve labored to succeed in a deal. Meaning to organise in an orderly trend the withdrawal determined by the UK.

“We have now negotiated with the UK, by no means in opposition to the UK. Now it’s time for everyone to take their duty, all people.

“This deal is a needed step to construct belief between the UK and the EU, we’d like construct within the subsequent part of this unprecedented and bold partnership. We are going to stay allies, companions and mates.”

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte mentioned there have been “no political winners or victories” within the Brexit course of.

He added: ”I do not anticipate a no vote. I anticipate a sure vote and that is the deal on the desk. I do not suppose there’s something extra.”

Leaders are gathering in Brussels to log off the deal after a last-minute climbdown by the UK over the difficulty of Gibraltar. British officers conceded in writing that any future commerce deal between the UK and EU would solely apply to Gibraltar with the consent of Madrid.

Thersa Could had advised MPs final week that any deal must apply to Gibraltar. Spain has at all times had a veto of the longer term commerce deal, nevertheless, as does each different EU member state.

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