Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

May makes dawn flight to Brussels as Brexit seems done

May makes dawn flight to Brussels as Brexit seems done

Speaking in the Dail he said, "We are in a position where we still need to find a way forward but, let me be very clear, the core issues that Ireland got agreement on at the start of this week are not changing".

Existing rules allow people and goods to pass freely between the Republic and Northern Ireland with no border checks. Britons will be watching to see if talks live up to what was promised: They were told that Brexit would mean free trade deals with Europe and the rest of the world, controls on European immigration and the repatriation of regulation.

The pound dipped against the dollar immediately following the European Commission's announcement that "sufficient progress" has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks, before recovering some of its poise.

Mrs May has got the deal that she needed - and the agreement that businesses were clamouring for.

"Millions of jobs depend on the future trading relationship we will determine", May said in Brussels.

Furthermore, media reports overnight confirm May had "edged closer to a deal with the Democratic Unionist party over the Irish border", ahead of a deadline laid down by the European Union for Sunday night.


The British and Irish prime ministers have spoken together as they work to overcome a logjam in Brexit talks, but there is no sign of an imminent breakthrough.

"EU citizens living in the United Kingdom will have their rights enshrined in United Kingdom law and enforced by British courts". Pro-Brexit Conservatives loathe the court, seeing it as a symbol of lost sovereignty.

And Britain would agree to keep paying its budget commitments to the European Union for years to come, a proposal that avoids paying a single, unpopular amount but would saddle London with E.U. budget obligations for decades.

She also met Friday with European Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair next Thursday's summit, while her Brexit envoy, David Davis, was meeting with his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier.

'We have grounds to hope now that our members will be able to send their employees off for the Christmas break feeling more comfortable about their status here.

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