UK Prime Minister Theresa May claimed that 95 percent of the withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU has been agreed, in the House of Commons in London on Monday.

May said that "we have already reached agreement, on citizens' rights, on the financial settlement, on the implementation period."

She went on to add that the only real sticking point that remains is the avoidance of a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland but she stated that progress was also being made there, saying "we put forward a counter-proposal for a temporary UK-EU joint customs territory for the backstop, and in a substantial shift in their position since Salzburg, the EU are now actively working with us on this proposal."

The prime minister ended by attacking proposals for a second vote and said that if the UK as whole could "hold our nerve through the last stages of negotiations," then there would be "great opportunities" to come after a deal was achieved.

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