Next two weeks leading up to the mid-December summit could be among the most critical of the whole Brexit process

After six rounds of negotiations and an October summit at which the EU27 firmly rejected moving Brexit talks from the divorce on to transition and future trade, it seems a deal on the terms of the UK’s exit from the bloc may be within reach.

In her Lancaster House speech in January setting out her negotiating objectives, Theresa May said Brexit meant halting “vast contributions” to the EU budget, quitting the single market and customs union, leaving the jurisdiction of the European court of justice, controlling immigration from the EU and sealing a unique, bespoke future trading relationship with the bloc.

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