EU, UK publish Joint Statement outlining negotiation progress
The European Commission and the United Kingdom on Tuesday published a Joint Statement outlining the progress that has been achieved on the draft Withdrawal Agreement since the negotiation round that took place on March 19.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the two had advanced on issues for which European businesses need certainty, such as customs, VAT, Euratom, and certificates for goods. Differences remain over how to deal with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following Brexit.
A final version of the Withdrawal Agreement, together with an accompanying political declaration on the framework for the future relationship, should be agreed by the EU and the UK by October 2018.