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EU to brief members states on draft Brexit deal with UK

 Hans-Olaf Henkel from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group reads the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung' newspaper at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 14, 2018. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

Hans-Olaf Henkel from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group reads the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung' newspaper at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 14, 2018. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

Brussels, Nov 14 (efe-epa).- The European Union on Wednesday is to update its member states on the draft Brexit deal struck with the United Kingdom on Brexit.

Margaritis Schinas, the chief spokesperson for the European Commission, briefed the press in Brussels after news emerged that Brussels and London had arrived at a crucial arrangement on how to maintain a soft Irish border post-Brexit, the last stumbling block in the negotiations.

"As far as our member states are concerned, they have been fully informed at all stages of the state of play of the negotiations," the Greek politician said. "And they will be fully informed again this afternoon shortly."

Schinas was unable to comment on the details of the allegedly 500-page document currently being mulled over by British Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers.

The Conservative leader is to hold a cabinet meeting later and in an encounter billed by political observers as crucial not just for the future of Brexit but also for May's future in her current post.

The UK is set to leave the EU on Mar. 29, 2019 with or without a deal.

British voters narrowly chose to withdraw from the bloc in a 2016 referendum.

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