The Brexit deal: All the key points at a glance

PUBLISHED: 13:47 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 08 December 2017

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker meets with Theresa May in Brussels


Here are the key points of the joint report agreed between the UK and EU on the expected content of Britain's withdrawal agreement.

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Citizens' rights

Reciprocal protection for EU citizens in the UK and Britons living in the remaining 27 member-states who are resident at the time of the UK's withdrawal, along with their family members.

Discrimination against these people on grounds of nationality to be prohibited.

Right to bring in spouses, civil partners and children forming part of the family at the time of Brexit, as well as any children born or adopted after that date.

The UK and EU can require one another's nationals to apply for residence status and obtain documents to prove their right to stay, through a "transparent, smooth and streamlined" process.

Applicants can be submitted to "criminality and security checks" which could result in their removal.

EU and UK nationals living in each other's territories will retain residence rights for up to five years if they move elsewhere;

Provisions for citizens' rights will be incorporated in UK law.

For eight years after Brexit, UK courts will be able to refer cases involving EU nationals to the European Court of Justice for interpretation.

Implementation of EU citizens' rights in the UK will be monitored by the European Commission.

Irish border

Both sides agree to protect the Good Friday Agreement and avoid a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

If there is no trade deal, the UK will maintain "full alignment" with single market and customs union rules that "support North-South co-operation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement".

If there is no deal, the UK will ensure that no new regulatory barriers develop between Northern Ireland and the mainland and that businesses in the province continue to enjoy "unfettered access" to the UK internal market.

Right for all Northern Irish people to take British or Irish nationality is preserved.

Common Travel Area to continue to operate.

Financial settlement

UK to contribute to the EU budget up to the end of 2020 "as if it had remained in the Union".

UK to pay its share of outstanding unpaid EU commitments - known as the Reste A Liquider (RAL) - and to the financing of EU liabilities at December 31 2020.

Financial settlement to be "drawn up and paid in euro".

Britain to receive a share of financial benefits that would have fallen to it as a member of the EU before 2020.

Capital in European Investment Bank to be returned to the UK in 12 annual instalments starting at the end of 2019.

UK to honour commitments to fund schemes to assist refugees in Turkey and displaced people in Africa.

Other issues

UK to take responsibility for nuclear safeguards on its territory and to develop a regime equivalent to existing Euratom arrangements;

Goods placed on the market before Brexit to continue to circulate freely in the EU and UK.

ECJ to remain competent for judicial cases registered at the Luxembourg court up to the date of withdrawal, even if they carry on beyond the date of Brexit.

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