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May Agreement

May Agreement: Everything You Need to Know

The May Agreement, also known as the Withdrawal Agreement, is a legally binding agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) that details the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The agreement was negotiated and agreed upon in November 2018 and is a result of months of negotiations between the two parties.

The May Agreement covers several key areas, including citizens’ rights, the UK’s financial obligations to the EU, and the Northern Ireland border. Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas.

Citizens’ Rights

One of the most significant aspects of the May Agreement is its provisions for the protection of citizens’ rights. The agreement ensures that EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living in the EU, will be able to continue living, working, and studying as they do now. The agreement guarantees their rights to healthcare, education, and social security benefits and allows them to move freely between the UK and EU countries.

Financial Obligations

Another important area covered by the May Agreement is the UK’s financial obligations to the EU. Under the agreement, the UK will continue to contribute to the EU’s budget until the end of the current budget period in 2020. The UK will also pay its share of outstanding financial obligations, such as pension contributions for EU officials and investments in EU projects.

Northern Ireland Border

Perhaps the most contentious aspect of the May Agreement is its provisions for the Northern Ireland border. The agreement establishes a backstop, which is a mechanism that would ensure that there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit. If the UK and EU cannot come up with a better solution, the backstop would come into effect, and Northern Ireland would remain in the EU’s customs union and single market while the rest of the UK would not.


The May Agreement is a complex document that covers a range of issues related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. While there is still much debate and disagreement around some of its provisions, it represents a significant milestone in the Brexit process. As the UK and EU continue to negotiate and work towards a final agreement, it’s essential to keep an eye on developments related to the May Agreement and how they will impact businesses and individuals on both sides of the channel.