#8220;The job of the UK government and the European Commission now is to provide those answers #8211; and do everything in their power to ensure vibrant cross-border trade between the UK and EU countries can continue.#8221;
The reaction from big business organisations has been #8211; broadly #8211; #8220;phew, about time#8221;. But it#8217;s not job done on Brexit #8211; far from it.
Trade talks typically take years to complete. Those talks look set to be tougher than those on the divorce which #8211; remember #8211; have taken longer than both sides hoped.
#8220;We are delighted that they, as well as UK citizens living and working in the EU, now have more clarity and can plan their future with greater confidence,#8221; he said.
He added: #8220;Many employers will be relieved that their EU employees have more certainty going forward, and government must now clarify the rights of EU citizens by Christmas so that they are not concerned about their future.#8221;