The EU and UK negotiators have agreed in full on the terms of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Protocol includes all the provisions on how the so-called “backstop” solution for avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would work. This forms part of the overall Withdrawal Agreement and will apply unless and until it is superseded, in whole or in part, by any subsequent agreement. Both the EU and the UK will use their best endeavours to conclude and ratify a subsequent agreement by 1 July 2020.
The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement.
All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive moment in the negotiations. The European Commission therefore recommended to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in the negotiations on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, allowing the negotiations on the withdrawal agreement to be concluded and the next step of the process to be initiated. The negotiators have also agreed on an outline of the political declaration on the future EU-UK relationship.
The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in conjunction with the European Movement Ireland, is hosting a Citizens' Dialogue on the theme "Brexit & Europe - where are we headed?" on Tuesday 4 December from 12.00pm - 14.00pm in the Institute of Technology Tallaght.
The event is part of a series of 'Citizens' Dialogues' that are being organised around the country on themes relating to the Future of Europe.