Belgian MEP Phillippe Lamberts has told Sky News the UK Government has agreed to a “Special Situation For Ireland”
Belgian MEP @ph_lamberts who has seen draft joint statement tells me live on @skynews Britain & EU have agreed to a “special situation for Ireland” to avoid hard border.
“uk government has come to terms with reality and that’s a good thing”.
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) December 4, 2017
According to two well-placed sources, the text that negotiators have been working on intensively over the past five days, spell out that the UK will agree that on either side of the border there would be no divergence on EU single market and customs union rules after Brexit.
This has long been the Irish Government’s preferred solution for avoiding a hard border.
The text says that the UK has agreed that the Good Friday Agreement will be protected.