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Live Reporting

Gavin Stamp

All times stated are UK

  1. Recap: A big day for Brexit

    Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker shake hands

    It's been more than 12 hours since Theresa May boarded a flight to Brussels to put her seal on an agreement that she hopes will give the Brexit process a huge push forward to its next stage.

    Let's recap on the main developments.

    Theresa May is expected to brief MPs on the agreement in the Commons on Monday. In the meantime, follow the BBC for reaction to this breakthrough moment over the weekend.

  2. Brexit deal wording kept 'as vague as possible'

    BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler says the skillful drafting of the Brexit document has left all sides claiming victory.

    But have some of the key questions about the Irish border merely been "kicked down the road"?

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    Video caption: Brexit deal wording is open to interpretation, says BBC Ireland correspondent
  3. UK gets way over criminal records checks?

    Police making arrest in London in 2013

    Britain will be able to carry out criminal record checks, should it wish, on EU nationals seeking to stay in the country after Brexit.

    The government has said it wants applicants for settled status to have to declare any criminal convictions and for the authorities to be able to check UK databases and, in certain cases, verify international records.

    The UK's position was initially met with resistance in Brussels but ministers believe that they have got their way over the issue in Friday's agreement.

    The document, released earlier, says: "Systematic criminality and security checks can - in the specific context of acquiring status under the Withdrawal Agreement - be carried out on all applicants for status under the agreement and applicants can be asked to declare criminality."

  4. Did clock stop when Boris visited No 10?

    Boris Johnson in Downing Street on Thursday afternoon

    There's been a bit of a kerfuffle about that picture of Boris Johnson visiting Downing Street yesterday, which was tweeted by chief whip Julian Smith.

    He said it was taken "last night" but some eagle-eyed observers spotted the clock on the No 10 mantelpiece, which indicated that it was actually the middle of the afternoon.

    It has now been confirmed that the shot was taken at 16.30 GMT.

    Does all this really matter? In the scheme of things probably not.

    But given Tory fault-lines over Brexit and the feverish atmosphere in the party, the extent of the foreign secretary's involvement in the negotiations and at what stage he was briefed is fascinating to the kremlinologists.

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  5. Ahern: Arguments set to continue

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern

    Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has told the BBC that Theresa May has been negotiating in good faith and that the government in Dublin has clearly received new guarantees from Downing Street when it comes to the border.

    Quote Message: They recognise that she's given very firm guarantees and I think this certainly allows the negotiations to go on. But, you know, we could be still here this time next year arguing about some of the detail." from Bertie Ahern Former Irish prime minister
    Bertie AhernFormer Irish prime minister
  6. May 'has not been found wanting at all'

    BBC News Channel

    Anna Soubry

    It's fair to say Conservative MP Anna Soubry has not been one of Theresa May's greatest cheerleaders in the past, having called for her to go after June's general election result.

    But she is positively gushing in her praise of the PM today, saying she has shown strong leadership and "put her mark" on the first-phase agreement.

    Quote Message: She has stood up and she has not been found to be wanting at all." from Anna Soubry
    Anna Soubry
  7. Verhofstadt: Future partners must be included in rights deal

    Remember... the European Parliament has to give its backing to the final deal. Its Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, seems to have set some conditions before the parliament will give its blessing to the proposals for citizens' rights.

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  8. Lobby group 'not reassured' about citizens' rights

    The 3 million, which lobbies on behalf of citizens from other EU countries living in the UK, says Friday's agreement is a "flawed compromise".

    While welcoming some concessions, its chair Nicolas Hatton says too many guarantees are time-limited and many people who have made the UK their home are still "in the dark" about whether they will qualify for settled status.

    "Our rights should not have an expiry date," he says. "More worryingly, there is still no clarity around the registration criteria for these rights."

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  9. Corbyn in Geneva: We will make our own case

    Imogen Foulkes

    BBC News, Geneva

    Jeremy Corbyn talking to reporters in Geneva

    During his trip to Geneva for a UN debate on human rights, Jeremy Corbyn was asked several times whether Labour thought staying in the single market and the customs union was the best or most realistic option for Britain.

    He said he had made it "very clear that we are leaving the EU" and that Labour's policy was tariff-free trade. "Lots of jobs depend on it…it is essential that we maintain and defend those jobs".

    However he would not specify how Labour thought tariff-free access could be achieved.

    He dismissed Nicola Sturgeon's call for Labour to join forces with the SNP to campaign for a Brexit which involved remaining inside the single market and the customs union, saying that staying in was "not a necessary scenario", adding "we will be making our own case, she can make hers".

  10. Many questions still to answer - Sinn Fein

    Gerry Adams

    Sinn Fein has given a "cautious and qualified" welcome to the agreement on the Irish border although party president Gerry Adams said it was a "work in progress" and many questions remained to be answered.

    The devil remained in the detail, he said, and the Irish government must "remain vigilant" as talks progressed to the next stage.

    Quote Message: While the communique recognises the unique and special circumstances surrounding the issue of the Irish peace process and the border, it does not address key areas of concern for many citizens - especially nationalists living in the north and citizens in the border region. The insistence by the British that Britain and the north must leave the customs union and the single market presents a real and live danger which cannot be understated."
  11. This is 'vital milestone', says top civil servant

    This is a few hours old but we think it is worth sharing even now.

    The UK's top civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, earlier described Friday's first-phase agreement as a "vital milestone" in the Brexit process.

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  12. Boris kept in the loop, says chief whip

    Conservative Chief Whip Julian Smith has posted a picture of the Foreign Secretary speaking to Theresa May at Number 10 last night.

    Mr Smith says Boris Johnson was there for a "quick update" on the Brexit talks, which lasted most of the night, as did the Downing Street Christmas party, coincidentally.

    Was Mr Johnson multitasking?

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  13. Kamal Ahmed: So, did 'soft Brexit' just win?

    Kamal Ahmed

    Economics editor

    Reading the joint report between the UK and the EU, it is clear that the most important section when considering the economics of Brexit is the section on Ireland.

    The document commits both sides to an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and that there will be "no new regulatory barriers" between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

    It also commits to the UK leaving the EU's single market and customs union.

    These two positions appear to be in contradiction.

    If Britain does become a "third country" - that is trading with the EU as other non-EU countries outside the single market and the customs union do - then border controls will be necessary.

    And that open border will become very much more closed. There is at least a partial way around this conundrum. Read more from Kamal

  14. No real breakthrough, claims Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking about Friday's Brexit agreement during a visit to the United Nations in Geneva.

    Asked if he thought it represented a significant breakthrough, he said "no" and suggested he wanted more clarity on how long the UK will stay in the customs union as well as protection for workers, consumer and environmental rights.

    Many of Friday's details, including the residency guarantee for EU citizens, could have been settled almost nearly 18 months ago, he suggests.

    "This could have been done some time ago...The referendum took place in 2016. This is the first sign of movement since then."

    Labour, he says, wants long-term tariff-free access to EU markets for British businesses.

    "It is essential we protect and defends these jobs," he adds.

  15. BBC Minute: Five things you should know

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    Video caption: Britain and the EU have agreed a breakthrough in Brexit talks - but what's it all about?
  16. Irish rules could 'hamper' UK trade goals, warns ex-minister


    Most Brexit-suppporting Tories seem to be happy about what's been agreed although some are picking the odd hole in the documents.

    Former Welsh Secretary David Jones is worried about the implications if there is no agreement on how cross-border trade in Ireland is regulated.

    In such a scenario, he tells Radio 4's World at One the UK will be fully aligned to existing EU single market rules relating to North-South co-operation - a situation he thinks would hamper efforts to strike trade deals with other countries after the UK leaves.

    Quote Message: The worry about that is of course that it could relate to very important areas such as, for example, agriculture which we would want to throw into the mix in negotiating a free trade agreement with a third country. And if this was to persist it could severely handicap our ability to enter into those free trade agreements so I think we do need to see that particular provision refined."
  17. What now for EU citizens in the UK?

    Woman holding EU and Union flags outside Parliament

    Are you one of the three million or so citizens of other EU countries currently living in the UK worried about their future?

    Here's an explainer of what's been agreed and what it means for you.

    In summary, EU and UK citizens will have free movement of rights until the day the UK withdraws from the EU - 29 March 2019.

    This, in effect, is the cut-off date for EU citizens moving to the UK. Anyone who arrives before Brexit day will have the right to stay.

    Those who are yet to be granted permanent residency in the UK will have their rights protected, so they can still acquire it after withdrawal.

    The latest deal also includes reunification rights for relatives who do not live in the UK, to join them in the future.