Leaders agree vision for future trade deal but say UK must provide solution for Ireland

EU agreement on the terms of a transition period and its vision of a “wide ranging and ambitious” free trade deal with the UK has come with a warning: nothing will be sealed until Downing Street provides a solution for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The leaders of 27 member states endorsed a seven-page blueprint for a future deal with the UK at a summit in Brussels on Friday morning. It includes zero tariffs on goods, reciprocal access to fishing waters, and cooperation in defence and foreign affairs.

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