May begins tour of Britain to sell Brexit deal benefits

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May attends a news conference after an extraordinary EU leaders summit to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Northern Ireland and Wales on Tuesday as part of a tour of the United Kingdom designed to rally support for her widely criticised Brexit deal before a vote in parliament.

May secured agreement with the EU on Sunday for a deal that will see Britain leaving the bloc with continued close trade ties, but the odds now look stacked against her getting it approved by a deeply divided British parliament.

Tuesday’s tour includes meetings with political leaders from all parties in Northern Ireland – which will have Britain’s only land border with the European Union and whose future has been a stumbling block in the negotiations.

“Having been told by the EU that we would need to split the UK in two, we are leaving as one United Kingdom,” May said in a statement announcing the visit and def

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