BREXIT talks have made a solid move forward as the UK and European Union published their next discussion topics after a turbulent period in the negotiations.
Both Westminster and Brussels have failed to reach an agreement on how to prevent a hard border for emerging on the island of Ireland as a result of Brexit, creating fears of a complete breakdown in negotiations.
In a joint publication, the EU and UK have both released their “topics for discussion on the future framework at forthcoming meetings”.
The document breakdown negotiations into three different categories – “Economic partnership”, “security partnership” and “cross-cutting cooperation and standalone issues”.
Brexit Secretary David Davis hailed the progress as “substantial” and hopes the UK and EU can conclude the details of their future relationship by October.
He said: “We have made substantial progress in negotiations since triggering Article 50, and it is vital we keep up the momentum as we turn to talks on the future security and economic partnerships we want with the EU.
“This joint publication reflects the determination of both sides to achieve a broad partnership that stands the test of time. It is an important foundation for future discussions.”
The talks will likely be spearheaded by Theresa May’s EU sherpa Olly Robbins and Michel Barnier’s deputy Sabine Weyand.