Britain and the EU reached a historic deal on Friday on the terms of the Brexit divorce after UK Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Brussels for early morning talks.
The European Commission said “sufficient progress” had been made by Britain on separation issues including the Irish border, Britain’s divorce bill, and citizens rights.
The agreement paves the way for EU leaders at a summit on December 14-15 to open the second phase of Brexit negotiations, covering trade talks and a transition period.
Britain voted in June 2016 to become the first state to leave the EU, after more than four decades of membership, but the talks have been slow moving and often acrimonious so far.
“The Commission is satisfied that sufficient progress has been achieved in each of the three priority areas,” the European Commission said in a statement.
Negotiators worked through the night to seal an agreement on the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc.