House of Commons Library: Brexit: the August negotiations

Salisbury for Europe

published Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens’ rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the ‘divorce bill’ demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?

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The third round

The third round of Brexit negotiations ran from 28 to 31 August 2017. Before the third round the UK published three position papers, four future partnership papers and four technical notes.  The talks focused on the following areas:

Citizens’ rights


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