European Council president Donald Tusk announced the news in the early afternoon, wishing Theresa May his “congratulations” for the new progress. EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase but called for “further clarity” from the UK about the future relationship it wants. Analysts believe May will find future Brexit talks increasingly difficult. Both negotiating teams will continue preparatory works and should reconvene in March to detail how their future relationship will work. The agreed Council guidelines also confirm that leaders want the UK to adopt all new EU laws created during the transition period, but that the country will “no longer participate in or nominate or elect members of the EU institutions, nor participate in the decision-making of the Union bodies, offices and agencies”.