The UK and the EU have agreed a last minute deal to move Brexit talks onto the next phase.
Prime minister May flew into Brussels in a last ditch attempt to secure the deal, in order to ensure Britain remains on course for leaving the EU in March 2019.
After months of protracted negotiations, prime minister May confirmed there would be no hard border in Ireland, and UK citizens in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK will have their rights protected.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) 8 December 2017
Talks will now progress to the next stage, mainly focusing on trading regulations post March 2019.
- PM says deal would ensure ‘no hard border’ in Ireland
- European Council President Donald Tusk says talks to move to trade
- Pound surges to a six-month high against the euro as markets give a thumbs-up to Brussels Brexit deal
“We all know breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relationship is harder” – Donald Tusk, European Council President on #Brexit progress https://t.co/iNmnZsxvCc pic.twitter.com/YYifxU2e0L
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) 8 December 2017