Details of post-Brexit UK-EU relationship 'agreed in principle'

Details of post-Brexit UK-EU relationship 'agreed in principle'

Also, the deal could still be rejected by the British parliament.

Existing travel links by plane, train and road will also be preserved beyond the Brexit transition.

The draft declaration was agreed in principle today, after negotiators worked through the night.

Mrs May is set to hold more talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker on Saturday in a down to the wire bid to try and secure a withdrawal agreement at an emergency EU summit scheduled for Sunday.

The European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit.

Speaking outside Number 10, she said: 'This is the right deal for the UK.

But Dominic Raab, who quit as Brexit Secretary over the agreement, said: "The top reason people voted to leave the European Union was to take back democratic control of our laws".

"I think people will take a careful look over the abyss. and consider whether they think it is in the best interests of the whole country", Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said.

"That deal is within our grasp and I am determined to deliver it". While Merkel refused to attend unless the deal is already sealed, French President Emmanuel Macron wants the opportunity to discuss the text himself, rather than leave it to lower-level officials, diplomats with knowledge of the discussions said.

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The new text calls for an "ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership" covering trade, law enforcement, foreign policy, security and defence.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK's trading relationship with other countries will be governed by World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

Last week, May concluded a withdrawal agreement with the European Union but many in her own party along with the small Northern Irish party which props up her minority government and opposition lawmakers have said they will oppose it.

The group said any final deal must avoid both a hard land border and any border in the Irish Sea.

In an update of the withdrawal agreement, both sides have agreed to extend the post-Brexit transition period from 31 December 2020 "for up to one or two years".

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that Britain and Spain "remain far away" on the issue and "if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit".

Spokesman Margaritis Schinas said any running commentary could "have a negative impact as negotiations are now going into their last stretch".

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the agreement "half-baked" - and said his party could negotiate a better one - while Conservative Andrew Rosindell urged May to ditch the plan and remove "the tentacles of the European Union over our cherished island nation".

If all goes as planned, the United Kingdom and the EU will use the political declaration as the basis for a trade agreement, to be hammered out during a 21-month transition period that is due to kick-in after 29 March, during which the United Kingdom will continue to be a member of the EU single market and customs union.

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