British prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this morning
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he believes the breakthrough needed has been made, and is sure the EU27 will open Phase 2 of Brexit talks.
Speaking at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels, Mr Juncker said the Uk has made significant commitments on avoiding a hard border between Ireland and the UK.
But he warned there is still a lot of work to be done.
The Commission president said: “I will always be sad about this development, but now we must start looking to the future, a future in which the UK will remain a close friend and ally.”
Mrs May said the deal agreed today is a significant improvement from Monday and the joint report is in the best interests of the whole of the UK.
She said that “we guarantee there will be no hard border in Ireland” and “we will uphold the Belfast Agreement”.
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) December 8, 2017
More as we get it.
From left: Helen McEntee, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney
“Today is a very significant day for Ireland and the EU. After long & intensive negotiations we have reached a satisfactory conclusion on the Irish issues including the border…
…We have achieved all we set out to achieve in Phase 1. This is not the end but it is the end of the beginning. The Good Friday Agreement is fully protected & the Common Travel Area will continue. The UK is committed to avoiding a hard border.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, this morning.
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) December 8, 2017