RTÉ Europe Editor Tony Connelly; tweet from Mr Connelly
RTÉ Europe Editor Tony Connelly has tweeted that a Brexit deal has been done.
In the past few moments, Mr Connelly told Seán O’Rourke, on RTÉ Radio One:
“A deal has been done. There is a text which has been concluded and we’re expecting a statement from Michel Barnier in the next while.
“But this is extremely important because EU leaders are arriving and, as of five minutes ago, they haven’t got a text to look at. So a text has now been concluded.
“All of the outstanding issues on VAT, consent, customs, everything now, appears to have been concluded.
“But, of course, we don’t know for sure if the DUP are fully satisfied and on board but from the Brussels’ perspective, a deal has been done.”
Asked if he knows if the DUP has accepted the deal or if this is a deal between London and Brussels, Mr Connelly said:
“Well, that’s the nature of these negotiations, it’s a team of British negotiators with a mandate from No 10 Downing Street and a team of EU negotiators with a mandate from the member states.
“So this, one presumes, has gotten over the line on the basis that Downing Street is happy with it. By extension, one assumes that the DUP must be on board. But again we’ve had scenarios in the past where the DUP haven’t been on board so we just have to wait and see how this plays out.”
More as he gets it.
The European Commission has released the above letter from President of the European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker to President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
Chief Brexit Negotiator for the European Union Michel Barnier holds a press conference on this morning’s developments.
The revised withdrawal agreement can be read here