EU, UK strike deal on Brexit conditions
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The European Union on Friday struck a breakthrough deal with Britain on the conditions of the country leaving the 28-nation bloc, according to media reports.
British PM Theresa May prepares to shakes hands with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) prior to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday. Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
The deal, clinched by negotiators from Brussels and London after all-night talks, opens the way for the two sides to move to negotiations on a future trade agreement sought by the British authorities, Polish Radio reported.
The most contentious issue was the status of the future border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, according to media reports.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has recommended a move to the second stage of Brexit negotiations. But the final decision will be made by EU leaders at a summit next week, according to a Polish Radio correspondent.
British Prime Minister Theresa May recently said that the UK was “building a strategic partnership with Poland … that will outlast our exit” from the European Union.
She also told Poland's PAP news agency that ensuring EU citizens’ rights in the UK and UK citizens’ rights in the EU was her “first priority.”
“The one million Polish citizens and 30,000 Polish businesses who have made a home in the UK have made a huge economic, social and cultural contribution to the fabric of our country… No EU citizen legally living in the UK needs to worry,” she said.
Source: Polish Radio