EU negotiator unveils Brexit draft text

EU negotiator unveils Brexit draft text

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has unveiled the first draft text of the EU's legal agreement so far with Britain on the country's departure from the bloc next year.

Barnier said that "if we want to succeed in these negotiations, and I want to succeed, we must accelerate," noting that Britain will leave the 28-nation bloc in less than a year.

The 120-page document, which is subject to negotiation and will probably change significantly, sets out the progress made between the sides in legal language.

It would form the basis of the final Brexit withdrawal treaty, which must be adopted before Britain leaves at midnight on March 29, 2019. The text refers to a transition period that would help ease Britain out from March 30 next year until Dec. 31, 2020.APP/AFP