The European Union has decided to let Britain start negotiating its future relationship with the giant trading block. This comes as there is now an agreement with the United Kingdom on how it will end its membership of the EU, but the tough part still lies ahead.
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The United Kingdom is one step closer to leaving the European Union. Today in Brussels, European leaders finally approved talks on a future trading relationship between Britain and the EU. But as NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, the hard part lies ahead.
FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Today marked the end of the beginning of Brexit. The U.K. has agreed to pay a divorce bill of about $50 billion and to not build a border on the island of Ireland. In exchange, the EU has agreed to talk about a future trade relationship, which is crucial to the British economy. Donald Tusk is president of the European Council.