Timmermans spoke after EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier updated the European Commission on divorce negotiations with Britain, which British Prime Minister Theresa May said were "in the endgame" but remain stuck over the Irish border. The text of the agreement, which runs to hundreds of pages, has not been released, but U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is already busy trying to sell the agreement to Cabinet members in private meetings this evening at London's 10 Downing Street.
DUP leader Arlene Foster has issued a thinly veiled threat to the prime minister that MPs on both sides of the Commons will stand with her in opposing any Brexit deal which they believe weakens the Union.
Downing Street understand that ministers could quit their positions over the details of the deal.
Many were hoping for a second People's Vote on Brexit, now the reality of what was on the table was more clear.
The report said the deal also provides for a review mechanism that Britain could use to try and leave the backstop arrangement, another key demand of eurosceptics in May's party.
The EU and the United Kingdom need an agreement to keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trading bloc and the United Kingdom, home to the biggest global financial center.
Ministers will be focusing on when the so-called Irish border backstop can be ended, an issue that has riven the cabinet with divisions.
Boris Johnson, pro-Brexit Conservative MP and former United Kingdom foreign secretary, said the deal is "just about as bad as it could possibly be". "Cabinet Ministers have been invited to read documentation ahead of that meeting", the spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Federal German President His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier laid a wreath on behalf of the German people . Notably absent from the proceedings was Prince Philip , the Queen's husband.
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It is also demanding an agreement on fishing quotas and efforts to ensure a level regulatory playing field with the United Kingdom after Brexit. The DUP is wary of any border compromise that could bind Northern Ireland to the EU.
Earlier, Ms Mordaunt told Sky News: "The important thing is that there are two checks on this deal - there is Cabinet and there is Parliament".
But May, an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the referendum, has struggled to untangle almost 46 years of European Union membership without damaging commerce or upsetting the lawmakers who will ultimately decide the fate of the divorce accord.
Rees-Mogg predicted a big Tory rebellion, and the deal "would only get through if you've got the wholehearted support of the Labour party". Britain and the European Union agree that there must be no barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace process - but they have differed on how to achieve that.
Senior officials had discussed yesterday whether United Kingdom nationals should be treated as "third country" nationals as part of its no-deal planning, which would require travellers to buy a 60-euro (£52) permit to cross the channel.
However, EU sources suggest that they have moved all they can and that it is now for May to either accept the deal on the table or not.
"It is difficult for her yes, it is difficult for the cabinet and it is difficult for backbenchers of all parties too".
The deal is not yet finalised, but with the alternative of a "No Deal" hard to countenance, it's unlikely to be thrown out.