EU leaders today formally agreed to move onto the second phase of Brexit talks following the deal agreed by the UK and the European Commission last week, which dealt with the issues of citizens’ rights, the UK’s financial obligations, and the Irish border. This is a positive result which gives Prime Minister Theresa May a much needed boost domestically, although as European Council President Donald Tusk and others have stressed, the first phase of the negotiations was the relatively easy part; agreeing the future UK-EU relationship will be even more difficult.

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