The special summit was largely symbolic and the agreement was widely expected to be approved, despite last-minute concerns from Spain on whether it will have a say on the future of Gibraltar. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated his sadness at the U.K.’s departure. He backed May’s plan and said it was the best deal possible for Britain. Other European leaders also spoke favorably of the agreement. However, in the UK, some politicians think that May is making too many concessions to the EU.
May needs to gain Parliamentary approval for the deal in Westminster on December 11. Opposition’s leaders indicated that they will vote against the deal. Even pro-Brexit and pro-Remain lawmakers within May’s own Conservative Party have said they will vote against her. If so and if the deal will be rejected by Parliament, May should probably resign even if she defended her plan at every stage. On Sunday, May wrote a letter to the British public pleading for support, promising a “brighter future” for the U.K. The approved document does not address any future relationship between the U.K. and the EU but rather issues such as citizens’ rights, a £39 billion ($50 billion) “divorce bill” and a backup plan for the Irish border if upcoming trade talks stall.