Sunday 19 November 2017

Sarah Collins: Despite positive start, threat of derailment is real

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Sarah Collins

It took less than five minutes for EU leaders to agree their common position on future Brexit talks, but it's the first and last time things will be this easy.

Many, including the Taoiseach and British Prime Minister Theresa May, want the bloc's three priority issues - citizens, money and the Irish Border - to be solved quickly so talks can move on to trade.

But the complexity of ironing out an estimated 25 questions on citizens alone - for example, residency rights, pension and social security, access to jobs, education, housing, and tax law - is proving to be a bureaucratic nightmare.

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