What does the EU's Brexit offering mean for the negotiations?

Ahead of a new round of Brexit negotiations, the European Commission released its draft agreement on the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) on February 28. Help WikiTribune report on the EU negotiating position and how it stands against what it, and the UK government, has said previously.

Read the document here.

The 119-page document sets out the EU’s negotiating position ahead of renewed talks with the UK government that begin in March. The draft confirms the EU’s position (first reported by the FT) that the only way to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland, preventing the risk of undermining the Good Friday peace agreement, is to maintain full regulatory alignment between both jurisdictions.

The British government has previously stated that any regulatory barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would be unacceptable.

See WikiTribune’s crib sheet on the Brexit talks – how do the negotiating positions compare to the EU’s draft withdrawal agreement?

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