Brexit deal series: the draft withdrawal agreement and citizens' rights

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The Draft Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) was published on Wednesday 14th November after almost two years of lengthy negotiations. The withdrawal agreement is the legal text managing the UK’s exit from the EU and it is accompanied by a short political declaration outlining the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, which will be negotiated after the UK’s exit on 29 March 2019. The withdrawal agreement covers issues relating to the UK and EU’s separation, including providing for a transition/implementation period until December 2020 (with a possible extension), and addresses the three priority areas outlined at the start of the negotiations: avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland; agreeing the so-called ‘divorce’ bill between the UK and the EU; and protecting UK and EU citizens’ rights.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018


  • UK citizens's rights
  • EU citizens' rights
  • Brexit


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