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Britain and European Commission clinch deal

To move Brexit talks forward

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Britain and the European Union struck a deal on Friday to move on to talk about trade and a transition period after they agreed the outline of their divorce, easing the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.reports The Hindu

The European Commission said enough progress had been made after the two sides worked through the night to end an impasse over the status of the Irish border that had scuppered an earlier attempt to clinch a deal on Monday.

“We all know that breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder,” he said. “So much time has been devoted to the easier task and now ... we have de facto less than a year” left for talks before Britain is due to leave in March, 2019.

The Commission's recommendation that sufficient progress has been made will now go to the European Union summit of leaders taking place next week.

“Prime Minister May has assured me that it has the backing of the UK government. On that basis, I believe we have now made the breakthrough we need. Today's result is of course a compromise,” Mr. Juncker told a hastily-arranged news conference.

Ms. May said she expected a formal agreement to be approved at the summit, which begins on Dec. 14.

“I also look forward to next weeks European Council meeting, where I hope and expect we will be able to get the endorsement of the 27 (member countries) to what is a hard-won agreement in all our interests,” she said.

 

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