Brexit deal: The key points

The prime minister’s 585-page proposed agreement was finalised late last night, these are the main points that have emerged from it, so far. More analysis to follow.

  • UK to become a “single customs territory” starting in March 2019 going on until December 2020
  • UK will remain in EU customs union indefinitely if new agreement not reached by December 2020
  • Northern Ireland will be in the same customs agreement as UK and EU if no future agreement is agreed
  • EU nationals who have lived in UK for five years consecutively will have the right to stay permanently in UK with families
  • UK will not be obliged to give student grants or loans to non-permanent residents
  • End of free movement – however visa-free travel to EU countries will continue, as it does currently.
  • UK will become an “independent coastal state” but will work with EU on fishing rights for waters surrounding Britain and beyond.

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