Brexit: What’s in the political declaration?

EU and UK has now presented the Brexit Political Declaration.

A few points to remember…

This is not a legally binding document.

It’s not very long either, but it has grown from last week’s seven-page outline to 26 pages. It sits alongside the 585-page Draft Withdrawal Agreement (which will be legally binding if it gets ratified).

This is also a draft, agreed by negotiators, but it still needs to be approved by the leaders of all 28 EU countries at a summit scheduled to take place on Sunday. Don’t expect major changes.

Formal negotiations on everything it contains can only begin after Brexit has actually happened – currently after 29 March 2019.

It contains plenty of aspirations involving shared interests, close partnerships and ambitious co-operation, but many of the details are still to come.

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