In what has been described as a breakthrough, Prime Minister Theresa May struck a last minute deal early on Friday with the European Union to send United Kingdom exit talks to the next round.
Three major issues were part of the deal: the Irish border, the rights of E.U. citizens in the U.K. post-“Brexit”, and the so-called “divorce” bill.
May, along with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, made the announcement after months of high-tension negotiations that peaked earlier this week over the historically sensitive Irish border.
A deadline for an agreement was scheduled for Dec. 14, according to BBC News.
“Sufficient progress has now been made on the three terms of the divorce,” Juncker said.
“This hasn’t been easy for either side,” May said. “Getting to this point has required give and take on both sides.”
The border of N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will remain in its open border state.
Now talks can progress to round two over trade between the U.K. and E.U.
More details to follow. Image 1 a graphic from Union Syndicale.