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Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze, Zoe Alipranti and Pieter Cleppe look at the various European press reactions to the Brexit deal agreed by the UK and the EU and the future steps in negotiations.

At a special European Council summit held on November 25, the leaders of the EU27 member states approved the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future UK-EU relations. The deal will now head to the UK House of Commons, for a crucial vote on December 11 which will determine the future of Brexit negotiations.

European politicians expressed regret at the UK’s withdrawal. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Brexit a “moment of deep sadness” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was “tragic.” President Macron suggested it was a time to rethink the foundations of Europe.

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