The concept Brexit deal turns out to be surprisingly positive for the EU, according to Senior Lecturer European Law Ton van den Brink. "At the same time, we should be careful about congratulating ourselves too much. The good old days of the EU are over."
The British government and European negotiators have delivered a thick book of almost 600 pages with agreements. Prime Minister Theresa May has come under heavy fire in Great Britain, while most reactions on the European mainland are positive. The divorce settlement between the EU and the United Kingdom arranges for an orderly departure on 29 March 2019. The United Kingdom will probably remain in a customs union with the EU and will also pay 39 billion British pounds for the "divorce".
Ton van den Brink: "The text of the agreement shows that many demands that the EU had set at the beginning were met. Especially the position of EU citizens, the border with Northern Ireland and the financial claims on the UK were important parts of the negotiation guidelines that the EU-27 agreed upon early on."