Brussels, Nov. 26 -- The European Union on Sunday approved the UK's withdrawal agreement from the EU, its chief official Donald Tusk announced in Belgium leaving it upon the UK Parliament to consent to the deal fecilitating Britains departure from the union.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote on the deal in early December but its approval is by no means guaranteed, with Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, the DUP and many Conservatives MPs set to vote against.

"EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations," Tusk broke the news on Twitter.

The 27 leaders gave it their backing after less than an hour's discussion at the summit here, the BBC reported.

Tusk signalled on Saturday that the d...