Last week, the United Kingdom and the European Union reached an agreement on the draft terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This week, a deal that will establish the UK’s future relationship with the EU is in the works. Prime Minister Theresa May will return to Brussels on November 24 in a bid to modify and seal a Brexit deal before Sunday’s EU summit. The goal is to have a finished deal that can be endorsed by EU leaders at the summit, according to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, reported in a statement that an agreement had been reached on the deal by negotiators at the political level, but talks are set to continue until the eve of the EU Summit.

After almost two years of contentious negotiations, the European Union and the United Kingdom have drafted a withdrawal agreement. The 585-page agreement details the regulations of the transition period for both sides after the UK exits the EU in March of 2019.

The deal aims to avoid a hard border between the UK and the EU, but several clauses within the agreement have proven controversial. One of the central points of dispute is the Irish border “backstop,” or the proposed solution to the fear of a hard border between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.

March 2019 is quickly approaching and UK businesses are still largely in the dark about how customs procedures will be carried out in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In response, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published an updated  partnership pack to provide guidance and support for businesses preparing for day one if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

For the time being, the pack outlines high-level customs procedures and the ways in which processes will be changed for goods moving across the UK border. Later in the autumn, the HMRC will expand the pack to include a breakdown of agrifood regulations, controlled goods (such as timber, chemicals, and waste) regulations and licensing, and road haulage licensing.