08/12/2017 08:03 GMT | Updated 08/12/2017 21:28 GMT

Brexit Divorce Deal Finally Agreed Between UK And EU With £40bn Price Tag

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker this morning agreed that 'sufficient progress' has been made

Theresa May this morning agreed a Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, paving the way for the negotiations to move onto future trade talks. After a pre-dawn meeting in Brussels, the Prime Minister joined European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in announcing the breakthrough.

Key points of the deal:

  • UK will keep paying money to the EU for years with a total divorce bill estimated at £40bn
  • There will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  • Agreement on protection for EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU
  • DUP leader Arlene Foster satisfied there would now be ‘no red line down the Irish Sea’
  • The European Court of Justice will have an influence in UK courts for 8 years after Brexit
  • The EU wants freedom of movement to continue during the Brexit transition period
  • The NI border text means that in the case of no deal, the UK will have ‘full alignment’