Open Europe responds to the draft Withdrawal Agreement

20 Nov 2018 10:55 AM

Following the cabinet's approval of the draft Withdrawal Agreement this week, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar, Dominic Walsh and David Shiels examine what the text sets out on the Irish backstop, as well as the possibilities for the future relationship.  While the UK has secured key concessions, particularly on the creation of UK-wide customs backstop, problematic elements do remain.

The British Cabinet agreed in principle the terms of the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement this week. This could take the UK one step closer to an orderly exit from the EU in March next year – but, crucially, a number of significant political obstacles remain ahead.

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