As the EU (Withdrawal) Bill continues to progress through the House of Commons, we bring you the latest news, developments and reaction in our Brexit Bulletin.
- The UK and the European Commission have published a joint report, setting out the details of their agreements on citizens’ rights, the Irish border, the financial settlement, and other areas. This followed frantic diplomacy to reach an agreement on Ireland which was acceptable to all sides.
- The Government has suffered a defeat on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill after 11 backbench Conservative MPs rebelled. The legislation now specifies that Parliament will get a meaningful vote on the deal.
- EU leaders have agreed that the UK-EU agreement represents ‘sufficient progress’ and have drawn up guidelines for the initial part of phase two negotiations, including the transition period. Guidelines for discussing the framework of the future relationship will be adopted in March, but in the meantime the EU wants to know more about the UK’s ambitions for its shape.