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Belgium: Barnier hails 'fair and balanced' draft Brexit deal, despite 'long road ahead'01:54

Belgium: Barnier hails 'fair and balanced' draft Brexit deal, despite 'long road ahead'

Belgium, Brussels
November 15, 2018 at 10:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hailed the draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU as a "fair and balanced" deal that would lay the ground for "an ambitious new partnership," during a press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Thursday.

"Together with the UK, we have achieved decisive progress together," Barnier said. "But our work is not finished. We still have a long road, a long road, ahead of us on both sides," he added before presenting the draft agreement to Tusk.

The 585-page draft withdrawal agreement sets out in detail what the UK and EU's future relations will look like. A Brexit summit with the EU's 27 leaders will be held on November 24 and 25.

The UK will officially leave the EU on March 29, 2019, which will be followed by a transition period of 21 months until the end of December 2020.

Belgium: Barnier hails 'fair and balanced' draft Brexit deal, despite 'long road ahead'01:54
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European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hailed the draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU as a "fair and balanced" deal that would lay the ground for "an ambitious new partnership," during a press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Thursday.

"Together with the UK, we have achieved decisive progress together," Barnier said. "But our work is not finished. We still have a long road, a long road, ahead of us on both sides," he added before presenting the draft agreement to Tusk.

The 585-page draft withdrawal agreement sets out in detail what the UK and EU's future relations will look like. A Brexit summit with the EU's 27 leaders will be held on November 24 and 25.

The UK will officially leave the EU on March 29, 2019, which will be followed by a transition period of 21 months until the end of December 2020.