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EU and UK reach deal

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The first Summit of the European Council this year was marked by tough negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom. Late on Friday evening, an agreement was presented on the four overall areas in which the UK had specific demands. Sweden was represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

The four overall areas that were the focus of the negotiations were:

1) sovereignty;
2) economic governance;
3) EU competitiveness; and
4) the 'emergency brake', whereby the UK wanted to require that non-British nationals work for a number of years before enjoying the same benefits as citizens.

Migration, Syria and Libya were also discussed at the meeting.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven held a special press briefing once the agreement had been struck.