British PM Theresa May: Brexit talks are nearing their endgame

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Within the agreement was a "stable" text on the thorny issue of the Northern Irish border, according to broadcaster RTE.

Both Leave and Remain campaigners fear the deal - whose outlines are well known though it has not yet been made public - will be a limp compromise that fails to deliver either the letter or spirit of the Brexit the country asked for. British Prime Minister Theresa May now has to persuade her Cabinet members to give her their blessing.

Theresa May's Cabinet met on Tuesday morning to discuss Brexit.

Downing Street said ministers would decide on the "next steps" in the crunch meeting scheduled for 2pm.

While Brussels choreographs the first withdrawal of a sovereign state from the EU, May, a far from secure leader hemmed in by opponents in government and her own Conservative party, must now try to get the deal approved by her cabinet and, in the toughest test of all, by parliament. "I am going to be supporting the Prime Minister to get a good deal for this country".

Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the United Kingdom leaves the bloc on March 29.

The speculation of a deal has sparked fierce criticism from Brexit-supporting MPs.

"It is very hard to see any reason why the Cabinet should support Northern Ireland being ruled from Dublin".

Tory Europhiles led by arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg have also threatened to vote down the deal which they have dubbed BRINO - "Brexit in Name Only".

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Despite resigning as Foreign Secretary and thus having no direct knowledge of the said documents, Boris Johnson slammed the deal as "vassal state stuff".

After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.'s smooth exit from the bloc.

"There's quite a path from here to final deal, but at least the waiting game is over", said David Henig, a former senior civil servant within the Department of Trade. It is utterly unacceptable to anybody who believes in democracy.

The core issue is that May and her negotiating team have floated several ideas for a deal - essentially picking and choosing parts of European Union membership they like (lucrative trading conditions) but wanting to get rid of elements they don't like (freedom of movement of people).

In a joint letter, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party in the British parliament, and Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable called for the right to put down amendments before the vote - effectively giving parliament a vote on an alternative path.

May's attempt to unblock the talks by considering an extension to a status-quo transition period beyond the current proposed end date of December 2021 has both angered eurosceptics and European Union supporters in her party. He suggested the DUP might withdraw its support for May's government if that was the case.

Party leader Arlene Foster warned it would be "democratically unacceptable" for Northern Ireland's trade rules to be set out by Brussels, and that "without a clean exit, the United Kingdom will be handcuffed to the EU".

Without a solution, the entire divorce deal is at risk, setting Britain on track for an unregulated Brexit that would likely bring chaos and economic pain to both sides.