Friday, 8 December 2017

'Breakthrough' deal paves way for future trade Brexit talks



PM Theresa May has struck a last-minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks on to the next phase.

 
There will be no "hard border" with Ireland; and EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will see their rights protected.


The so-called "divorce bill" will amount to between £35bn and £39bn, Downing Street says.


The European Commission president said it was a "breakthrough" and he was confident EU leaders will approve it.


They are due to meet next Thursday for a European Council summit and need to give their backing to the deal if post-Brexit trade talks are to begin.
The UK will then have about a year to hammer out an agreement on future relations, which will have to be ratified by the EU nations and the UK Parliament, before the UK leaves in March 2019.




BBC      News.