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Politicians welcome 'significant breakthrough' of first phase Brexit deal

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The leader of the Welsh Conservatives has welcomed the announcement of a last-minute deal struck between the Prime Minister and the European Union which moves Brexit negotiations onto the next phase.

The prime minister said the agreement would guarantee the rights of three million EU citizens in the UK "enshrined in UK law and enforced by British courts".

On the issue of the divorce bill, Mrs May said that the deal included a financial settlement which was "fair to the British taxpayer".

Andrew RT Davies has welcomed the news Credit: PA

Andrew RT Davies said it "paves the way for further progress" about the future relationship with the EU.

There has been plenty of noise and hysteria this week but the Prime Minister has demonstrated incredible resolve, diplomacy and determination to make this significant breakthrough.

Theresa May, David Davis and the negotiating team deserve the utmost credit and this should provide confidence to everyone in Wales that the Conservative Government is delivering on their wishes for a successful, clean and prosperous Brexit.

– Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

Mr Davies was a leave campaigner in the 2016 referendum. The Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, who like the Prime Minister backed remain, also praised Theresa May's negotiating skills.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Steffan Lewis said it has been a "wake up call" for Westminster, but "ambiguity remains" over what the UK Government will do to "ensure that Wales remains in the single market and customs union".

These talks have been a wake up call for the Westminster Government.

After weeks of failure to unlock the next stage, they have managed to do so only by making a raft concessions.

It remains to be seen how hard borders on Ireland and at Welsh ports will be avoided, but it is critical that this does happen.

Ambiguity lingers over how the Westminster Government will address the need for Wales to be in the Single Market and Customs Union.

Plaid Cymru will relentlessly press home the case for our membership of these critical pillars of our economy and nation.

– Steffan Lewis AM, Plaid Cymru

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