Dutch PM urges British MPs to support May in Brexit deal vote

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-13 00:14:56|Editor: yan
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THE HAGUE, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomed on Tuesday the agreement between the European Union and Britain on "legally binding" changes to the Brexit deal, urging British members of parliament to support the deal.

"An orderly Brexit is crucial for both the European Union and the United Kingdom," Rutte reacted on Twitter. "I hope that the House of Commons will support the agreement reached by Theresa May. There is no alternative."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Monday that they have struck a deal in Strasbourg, France, less than 24 hours before a vote in the UK parliament on the deal.

"We agreed on a joint legally binding instrument relating to Withdrawal Agreement," Juncker explained. "It is this deal or Brexit might not happen at all. Let's now bring UK's withdrawal to an orderly end. We owe it to history."

In December last year, May called off the British MPs's vote on the Brexit deal as she feared the deal would not get enough support. She now has to get the changes through a new vote in the British parliament. "Now is the time to come together, to back this improved Brexit deal, and to deliver on the instruction of the British people," May said.