EU leaders are gathered at a Summit in Brussels. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
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The European Union agreed Friday to move Brexit talks on to trade and a transition pact but some leaders cautioned the final year of divorce negotiations before Britain's exit could be tough. EU leaders, who had offered British Prime Minister Theresa May a rare summit round of applause over dinner in Brussels the night before, took just 10 minutes to agree that she had made "sufficient progress" on divorce terms last week and to give negotiators a mandate to move on to the main phase of talks. While there was a "sigh of relief" at the summit table that Brexit talks can move forward, EU leaders said talks on a future free trade pact will not begin until after March – a date underlined by "guidelines" that set out how to proceed as Britain seeks to unravel more than 40 years of membership.
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