EU, UK agree on draft Brexit plan
Brussels, November 22
The European Union and Britain agreed on Thursday a draft declaration on their post-Brexit relations that sets out an “ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership”, officials said.
The two sides have also agreed a draft deal extending the transition period by one or two years beyond the end of 2020, a final sticking point of the divorce deal.
European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU executive, the European Commission, informed him it has agreed the political declaration on the future ties with Britain.
“I have just sent to EU27 a draft Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between EU and UK,” said Tusk, who represents the 27 remaining EU member countries. “The Commission President (Jean-Claude Juncker) has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level,” Tusk tweeted.
He said EU leaders still have to endorse the draft declaration, which is due to accompany a draft of agreed terms for Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc on March 29. The EU leaders are due to meet at a summit in Brussels on Sunday to endorse both documents.