Skip to content
Subscriber Only

U.K. and EU Agree to Brexit Transition as Irish Puzzle Persists

  • Businesses start calling for a second transition period
  • U.K. backs down on citizens’ rights after pledging to fight
Video player cover image
European Union Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier speaks at a news conference in Brussels. Source: Europe by Satellite
Updated on

The U.K. clinched a deal that will buy it time in Brexit talks in a move the European Union’s chief negotiator hailed as a decisive step. But it’s all still contingent on finding a solution to the most intractable issue of all -- the Irish border.

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