What is Phase 1 in the Article 50 negotiations

This phase concerns the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, focused mainly on three topics: citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the divorce bill. The UK and the EU made “sufficient progress” on this phase in December 2017, as set out in the Joint Report, allowing talks to move on to the second phase. A withdrawal treaty will be drafted based on this report in early 2018.

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