May and Juncker outlined the progress made on the three issues of citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the divorce bill, and agreed to move on to talks about the UK’s future relationship with the bloc, at a joint press conference at Commission headquarters on Friday morning.
Speculation that a deal had been reached mounted after Juncker’s chief of staff Martin Selmayr tweeted a picture of white smoke earlier on Friday morning.
The agreement will be passed on to the European Council and member states will decide whether or not to accept it in time for next week’s summit (14-15 December).
“The decision is now in the hands of the 27 heads of state and government,” Juncker said. “I am sure they will share our appraisal.”