UK at crossroads

The ‘technical’ Brexit agreement reached between the EU and the UK negotiators envisages the two sides deciding in July 2020 whether they will have a new deal in place to ensure an open Irish border after the post-Brexit transition ends at the end of 2020, according to EU diplomatic sources in Brussels.

Beyond the transition period London would be able to chose between extending the transition period once, possibly until the end of 2021, or going into a “bare-bones” customs arrangement that would cover all of the United Kingdom but in which Northern Ireland would be aligned more closely with the EU’s customs rules and production standards.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to convince cabinet on Wednesday, November 14 to accept the draft EU Article 50 deal that her opponents say threatens both her government and the unity of the United Kingdom.

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