Brexit Bulletin, 19 November 2018

Nov 19, 2018

Last week saw EU and UK negotiators agree on a Brexit withdrawal agreement. The deal has already prompted the resignations of several key members of the UK government and it still has to be ratified by both the EU and UK Parliaments.  This week you can also read our Q&A on what the agreement means for trade on the island of Ireland.

“Decisive progress”

In what chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier termed as “decisive progress”, late last Wednesday evening, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May emerged from No. 10 Downing St and announced that the UK and EU negotiators had approved a draft withdrawal agreement for the UK’s exit from the EU. 

The agreement still needs to be formally endorsed by the EU27 member states and ratified by both the European and UK parliaments.  That process began last Thursday with the UK Prime Minister facing the House of Commons for a lengthy debate where she attempted to win support for the deal from a somewhat hostile parliament. You can read Ms May’s statement to the House of Commons here.

Hard decisions

Of the decisions made in the agreement, Theresa May said “These decisions were not taken lightly but I believe it is a decision that is firmly in the national interest."

All documents on the withdrawal agreement can be found on the TG50 website.