South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed progress in the negotiations to leave the European Union, with agreement on phase 1 of the talks.
The agreement secures the rights of the three million EU citizens living here and the million British citizens living in the EU, represents a fair settlement of the accounts and maintains the Common Travel Area with Ireland, which has operated since the 1920s, and sets out both sides’ determination to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, while respecting the integrity of the UK Single Market.
EU officials have agreed that represents sufficient progress and that it is now possible to move on to the talks about the future trade relationship.
Mr Dunne said: “The PM has secured a good agreement, guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens, for taxpayers and for all parts of the United Kingdom. We can now get on to the vital trade negotiations to deliver in the best interests of people and businesses in the UK.
I am particularly pleased this agreement will help reassure EU citizens working in our NHS and social care settings of the vital role they play, and hopefully will continue to do so once we have left the EU.”