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Officials optimistic about Brexit deal, but hurdles remain

Even if PM Johnson's proposal wins EU nod, it may not pass muster among UK lawmakers

European Union heads of states and governments are gathering in Brussels today for a crucial summit which they hope will conclude with an agreement over Britain's departure from the bloc, thereby putting an end to three years of fraught disputes between London and other European capitals.

But although the mood of optimism about the prospects of a deal is evident, officials are warning that many hurdles persist, and it is not obvious that even if an agreement is concluded during the summit today and tomorrow, this would be accepted by the British Parliament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2019, with the headline 'Officials optimistic about Brexit deal, but hurdles remain'. Print Edition | Subscribe