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Next stop phase two—what happens now in Brexit negotiations?

Theresa May has managed to strike a withdrawal deal. Now comes the hard part

By Jill Rutter  

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: he European Union/Xinhua News Agency/PA

The early morning rush to Brussels appears to have unblocked the path to the second phase of the UK’s Brexit negotiations.There is still more work to be done on the detail of the withdrawal agreement. But the big stumbling blocks have been surmounted. Some compromises and concessions on citizens’ rights. A methodology on money, running into tens of billions. And language on Ireland and Northern Ireland that is reassuring enough for Leo Varadkar and grudgingly accepted by Arlene…

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