EU exit plan: why does the draft fall short?

The EU and UK’s disagreements over a number of Brexit provisions mean the transition deal remains uncertain

Leaving the European Union was meant to be the easy bit. But when the first draft text of the UK withdrawal agreement emerged on Wednesday, it has become clearer than ever that Brexit negotiations are in troubled waters.

The European commission’s draft legal text is partly based on a “gentleman’s agreement” struck between the UK and EU in December. But it contains a slew of provisions that contradict British hopes and policy goals.

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