Theresa May has agreed a draft Brexit deal with Brussels. What happens now? The UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday 29 March, 2019. The reason the UK is leaving is because people voted by 51.9% to 48.1% for Leave in the 2016 referendum.
Will there really be a deal this week?
That’s what Theresa May is hoping. After months of often fraught negotiations in Brussels, the government has produced a draft withdrawal agreement with the EU. The 500 page document will be published later. Ministers have been given sight of it, in a special reading room in Downing Street, ahead of a cabinet meeting to discuss it. Mrs May is telling her ministers the agreement, while not perfect, is as good as the government can get.