Brexit deal LIVE: May says ‘significant give & take’ for deal – what has she sacrificed?

AFTER months of negotiations and perilous politics Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker have finally struck a deal to move on Brexit negotiations in an historic moment for Britain.

The two leaders finally managed to agree “sufficient progress” had been made on talks – moving negotiations onto trade and treaties after months of stalling from the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.The deal was preempted by signs of a breakthrough from Brussels – with Mr Juncker’s right hand man Martin Selmayr posting a picture of white smoke on Twitter an apparent reference to the manner in which the Vatican signals the choosing of a new pope.

Meanwhile Theresa May’s top aide, chief of staff Gavin Barwell, remarked it had been a “long week”.

But the Prime Minister warned in her speech there had been “give and take on both sides” in talks.

Now, with the deal struck, how will Theresa May’s Commons allies and enemies respond to the historic deal?


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Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announced the deal would progress to stage two

Ukip leader Henry bolton has slammed Theresa May’s deal, describing her concessions as “shocking”.Commenting on the deal, he said: “Mrs May is giving away our independence.

“‘In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain FULL ALIGNMENT with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union’.


9.10am Barnier – Britain will PAY Brexit divorce bill

EU negotiator Michel Barnier has confirmed the UK will pay out billions to leave the 27 nation superstate.

The nation will continue to pay into the union as though it were a member despite getting nothing back from the bloc.

He said: “No member state will pay more or receive less because of Brexit – as Theresa May said in her speech in Florence we have confirmed that.

“The UK will honour all of the commitments entered into during its membership. Theresa May said that too in her speech in Florence and we make that clear.

“As regards its obligations, the UK will pay no more, nor earlier, than if it was a member state.”

However he admitted he had been swayed by the UK negotiating team.

Mr Barnier added: “‘There are points where I’ve got closer to the UK position, yes – on the financial settlement for example.”

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the deal is “precise and detailed” but there is still “work to be done”.He also hit back at comments made by David Davis earlier this year “creative and flexible” calling on his counterparts to offer a sense of “responsibility”.

9.00am Labour’s Brexit shadow secretary gives deal his blessing but accuses May of CHAOS

Kier Starmer has thrown his support behind Theresa May’s deal – while accusing her of presiding over a “year of chaos”.

In a statement he said: “Despite being two months later than originally planned, it is encouraging that the European Commission has recommended sufficient progress in the Brexit negotiations.

“The priority for both sides now must be to agree transitional arrangements on the same basic terms as we have now.

“That means staying in the single market and a customs union for a time-limited period.

“We will also need to know the political price of the deal struck and the impact any compromise that has been agreed will have on our future relationship with the EU.

“As the talks now move on to a discussion about Britain’s future relationship with the European Union, Theresa May must seriously reflect on her approach to the negotiations so far.

“We cannot have another year of chaos and confusion or the farcical scenes we saw earlier on in the week that put jobs and the economy at risk.”

8.45 Another Brexit basher backs May’s deal – Anna Soubry hails progressAnna Soubry – who once claimed history “will condemn those who haven’t stood up and tried to stop all this nonsense” has expressed her joy at Theresa May’s deal.

She wrote: “This morning’s phase one agreement gets a warm welcome from me.

“PM is representing UK business needs & healing dreadful Brexit divide”

8.35am Tusk – the Most DIFFICULT challenge is yet to begin

Donald Tusk has said the most arduous elements of Brexit are yet to begin – with just a year left for negotiations.

He wrote: “I’ve sent Brexit guidelines for the second phase to EU27 leaders.

“While being satisfied with today’s agreement, let’s remember that the most difficult challenge still ahead.

“Breaking up is hard.

“But breaking up and building a new relationship is much harder.”

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Donald Tusk demanded Britain will obey the laws of Brussels – even after Brexit

8.30am ‘She has repainted her red lines’ – Good news for Brexit basher Chuka UmunnaChuka Umunna, who has regularly hit out at the nations’ decision to leave, has said “it’s about time” Brexit progressed.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, he added: “It has been 18 months since the referendum and only now have we agreed to start talks about our future relationship with our largest trading partner.

“It is very welcome but we really need to get on with this.

“This has entailed the Prime Minister having to radically repaint her red lines.”

It follows comments from Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who claimed in PMQ’s on Wednesday Mrs May’s lines were “looking a little pink” and needed a “new coat of paint”.

8.25am Leo Varadkar – Northern Irish citizens can STILL be EU citizens

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed Northern Irish citizens will have access to full EU citizen rights if they chose to exercise their “right to be an Irish citizen”.

Those rights will include freedom to move through the bloc and settle in any EU member state.

Speaking just over an hour after the agreement was struck, Mr Varadkar told Irish citizens “We have achieved all that we set out to achieve”

He added: “This is not the end, but it is the end of the beginning, and we will remain fully engaged and vigilant throughout phase two.”

The EU document confirms deal for Northern Ireland. “The UK will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement.”

8.15am No ECJ? Theresa May’s promises clash with Donald Tusk’s demandsTheresa May assured Britons in a speech outlining her commitments to Northern Ireland that “the whole of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, will no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice”.

However in his comments, Donald Tusk demanded “that during this transition period the UK will respect the whole of EU law including new law”.

While it is possible Mr Tusk is only referring to laws enshrined by the Brussels bureaucracy and not the rulings of the ECJ, Mrs May could be referring to the establishment of a new body to sideline the role of the European Courts of Justice.

On Monday the European Union reportedly conceded on the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice, with sources claiming instead a new system will be set up to process complaints from EU citizens in the UK.

8.05am NO BORDERS – Theresa May’s reassurances to Northern Ireland revealed

Theresa May was forced to come up with clear commitments to Northern Ireland to ensure her Commons allies the DUP would back a deal.

And in response to Monday’s breakdown Mrs May has spoken out to reassure Britons no new borders are put in place across the UK or Ireland.

Her draft list of unshakeable promises to Northern Ireland as follows:

  • An assurance to “uphold and support Northern Ireland’s status as an integral part of the United Kingdom.”
  • An assurance to “fully protect and maintain” Northern Ireland’s position within the single market of the United Kingdom.
  • An assurance the Government will not create new borders within the U.K., or a hard border across the island of Ireland.
  • A confirmation “the whole of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, will leave the EU customs union and the EU single market.”
  • A promise to uphold “commitments and safeguards” set out in the Good Friday Agreement.
  • A confirmation no part of the U.K., including Northern Ireland, will remain subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
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Nigel Farage offered a bittersweet comment on the negotiations

8.00am Nigel Farage hits out at Brexit HUMILIATIONNigel Farage has said it is good Theresa May could move talks forward – as the nation could now progress into the next phase of “humiliation”.

He tweeted: “A deal in Brussels is good news for Mrs May as we can now move on to the next stage of humiliation.”

He later told the Telegraph: “The European Court of Justice will be the ultimate arbiter of EU citizens’ rights.

“This is not acceptable.”

Earlier this week the Brexit figurehead a deal conceding Northern Ireland would remain in the Customs Union and the Single Market was a “betrayal” and would damage the integrity of the UK.

He also implied the deal could rouse nationalist sentiments in Scotland.

He said “This is a bitter betrayal of 17.4 million people.

“It is a concession too far, for it will lead to endless problems in Scotland and it damages the integrity of the United Kingdom.”

7.50am David Davis – It’s time to move FORWARD

David Davis has heralded the step forward in negotiations, as well as agreements on citizens’ rights.

Mr Davis wrote: “Citizens can now be confident about the rights they enjoy.

“We should now move forward to discuss our future relationship with the EU on issues like trade and security.”

7.35am Tusk- Britain WILL obey our rulesEuropean Council President Donald Tusk has demanded the UK obey EU rules during the transition period – including new edicts handed down by Brussels.

Speaking with a grave tone from Brussels, Mr Tusk said: “This morning I received the confirmation from our negotiators that sufficient progress had been made

“We should start negotiating the transition deal so people and business have clarity about the situation

“The UK has asked for a transition deal of about two years”

However, he added: “We have our conditions”

“I propose that during this period the UK will respect the whole of EU law including new law.

“It will respect budgetary commitments.

“It will respect judicial oversight.

“And of course all other commitments.”

Yesterday it was revealed a European Parliament draft proposal would allow the EU tell Britain what to do during any post-Brexit transition period.

Theresa May set out a transition period of two years following Brexit in her Florence speech – in which she laid out her red lines for Brexit.

Chancellor Philip Hammond had previously pushed for a lengthy transition of up to three years – while hardline Brexiteers including Tory MP Owen Paterson described putting off the nation’s EU evacuation as ‘absolute tosh’.

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Theresa May confirmed ‘significant give and take’ had been part of the deal

7.30am ‘Nothing agreed until EVERYTHING is agreed’The deal struck by Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker outlines Britain still has the right to walk away from a bad deal.

It notes the terms between the EU and Britain are “agreed by UK on condition of an overall agreement under Article 50 on UK’s withdrawal, taking into account framework for the future relationship, including an agreement as early as possible in 2018 on transitional arrangements”.

The clause will reassure Brexiteers including John Redwood, who told at the start of the week he was “glad the government’s policy is nothing is agreed until all is agreed, and that No Deal is better than a bad deal”.

7.00am: Deal Done! Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker move talks onFollowing an all night negotiation between Belfast, Brussels, Dublin and London, the Prime Minister has announced Brexit will progress before the new year.

The text of an agreement between the EU and the UK, which will be signed off by EU27 leaders next week, is expected to be published later today.

Mr Juncker said: “Prime Minister May has assured me that it has the backing of the UK Government.

“The Commission has just formally decided to recommend to the European Council that sufficient progress has been made on the terms of the divorce.

“Today’s result is of course a compromise.

“As in any negotiation both sides had to listen to each other adjust their position and show a willingness to compromise.

“It is a result of a long and tense discussion between the Commission negotiators and those of the UK.”

Mrs May said the new text represents a “significant improvement” on the draft rejected by the DUP on Monday.

She said: “I hope and expect we will be able to get the endorsement of the 27 to what is a hard won agreement in all of our interests.

“I believe it’s a matter of trust and integrity in politicians for people to be able to trust that their politicians will put into place what they have determined and that’s exactly what we’re doing and we will be leaving the European Union.”

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Jane Davies
Jane Davies

I hope 17.1 million British citizens now rise up and demand this first phase is given the boot. The future of this once great nation should not be allowed to rest on the shoulders of traitors.


This is nothing to be proud off she has surrendered at every demand and spent taxpayers money that is not hers to spend. Should have walked away. This to me is not what we voted for it is the eu re badged. I would be surprised if she is not booted out by the party. It would do them all a favour if she was not pm, she is far to weak a Brussels lap dog.

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