European and British negotiators have reached agreement on a political declaration regarding future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit. European President Donald Tusk announced this on Twitter Thursday morning.
I have just sent a draft statement on the future relationship between the European Union and Great Britain to its 27 member states. The Chairperson of the Commission informed me that it was agreed at the level of negotiators and it was agreed in principle at the political level, ”Tusk said.
The political declaration on future relations must be approved by European heads of state or government at an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Sunday. The 26-page document is not binding, but it sets out guidelines for future cooperation between Europeans and the British in trade, security and other areas.
In addition, heads of state or government must give their approval to the 585-page divorce treaty, which must then be approved by the European and British parliaments. Great Britain will withdraw from the European Union on March 29 next year, but a transition period until the end of 2020 is included in the treaty.
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