UK prime minister Theresa May today announced that the long-awaited breakthrough in Brexit negotiations had finally been reached thanks to some last-minute horse-trading, meaning that now the second phase relating to trade deals could commence.
• There will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
• Northern Ireland will remain entirely within the UK, with no separate regulatory environment (a key demand by the Democratic Unionist Party that is providing the Conservative government with a working majority on a “confidence and supply” arrangement
• The rights of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU will be protected and remain unchanged
• The so-called “divorce bill” will be somewhere between £35bn and £39bn
Jonathan Boyd, editor of International Investment‘s sister title Investment Europe scoured the European Council statement on the agreement for further details.
He said on his Twitter feed:
• Is UK space programme stuffed? See Article 66, top of p11 in the English language version of today’s agreed statement out of Brussels. “… not part of the financial settlement…”
• Presumably Article 73 was designed specifically to give Brexiteers a bleed on the brain? “The UK states that it may wish to participate in some Union budgetary programmes of the new MFF post-2020 as a non-Member State.”
• No money to save on exiting Euratom it seems. UK “…is committed to a future regime that provides coverage and effectiveness equivalent to existing Euratom arrangements.” Article 89
Possible to bypass the 30-year rule during the transition period, after exit date? Article 95. “…classified information and other documents obtained by both sides whilst the UK was a Member State retain the same level of protection as before withdrawal.”