U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier have reached a political deal on the terms of a Brexit transition.
You can download the draft Agreement HERE. This Agreement sets out the arrangements for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (“United Kingdom”) from the European Union and from the European Atomic Energy Community (“Euratom”).
The colouring of the text corresponds to the following meanings:
- Text in green is agreed at negotiators’ level, and will only be subject to technical legal revisions in the coming weeks.
- For text in yellow, negotiators agreed on the policy objective. Drafting changes or clarifications are still required.
- Text in white corresponds to text proposed by the Union on which discussions are ongoing.
With respect to the DRAFT PROTOCOL ON IRELAND/NORTHERN IRELAND, the negotiators agree that a legally operative version of the “backstop” solution for the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, in line with paragraph 49 of the Joint Report, should be agreed as part of the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement, to apply unless and until another solution is found.
The negotiators have reached agreement on some elements of the draft Protocol. They further agree that the full set of issues related to avoiding a hard border covered in the draft reflect those that need to be addressed in any solution. There is as yet no agreement on the right operational approach, but the negotiators agree to engage urgently in the process of examination of all relevant matters announced on 14 March and now under way.