Monday March 30, 2020

Brexit transition deal is agreed

Chief EU negotiator Barnier says there must be a backstop solution on the Irish border

19th March, 2018
Michel Barnier addresses reporters after meeting British Brexit minister David Davis. Pic: Getty

The two sides reached an agreement for a 21-month transition period that is due to start on Brexit day in March next year, and said progress had also been made on the broader withdrawal treaty. British Brexit Secretary David Davis said a good deal was now closer than ever.

But the reaction from British business was lukewarm, as the transition agreement will not be legally binding until the final withdrawal treaty is signed, which won’t...

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