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Deal agreed in Brexit talks

Deal agreed in Brexit talks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Brexit negotiations must not be held up by disputes over Irish borders and that the issue should be tackled in phase two of departure talks.

Tusk's role in the delicate choreography of reaching an accord had been to wait until May strikes a deal on making "sufficient progress" on divorce terms with Juncker's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. "This was a hard negotiation for the European Union as well as for the United Kingdom".

Britain and Ireland could reach agreement within hours on how to run their post-Brexit Irish land border, paving the way for a deal that would remove the last obstacle to opening free trade talks with the European Union.

May and Juncker in Brussels on December 8. Breaking the gridlock took months of work, delicate four-way talks and a series of missed deadlines. While the parties failed to agree on the most important points of agreement, among which the border regime between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

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Johnson said that a solution to the issue "can only be discovered in the context of discussions on the end state of the U.K.'s relations with the rest of the European Union".

In another apparent compromise, the United Kingdom also appears to have agreed European Union families can apply for "settled status" on a single form, reducing the cost and paperwork involved. "We've seen a rally in the pound over the last couple of weeks on the expectation of a deal being agreed so what we may be seeing is simply a case of buying the rumour and selling the fact", he said.

"For business, a swift start to trade talks is crucial to upcoming investment and growth decisions". Her Cabinet hasn't decided what kind of trading arrangements it wants from Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it will be far more complex.

Despite the appearance of good cheer on both sides, significant tensions appeared to remain embedded in the agreement over the divorce deal, which will not be finalized until the very end of the full Brexit negotiation. Amid off-and-on threats to oust her, failure to move talks along could have cost Mrs May her job, and brought more instability. Leaders in science, research, technology and the arts will also be able to apply for settled status after three years.