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EUCO draft Brexit conclusions: I understand that paragraph 5 (EU stands ready to examine whether any further assurances can be provided..) has gone.
Par. 1, which wasn't in square brackets, is of course unchanged: "The Union stands by this agreement and intends to proceed with its ratification. It is not open for renegotiation."
Par 2 unchanged: EU reiterates wish for 'as close as possible partnership.." 'stands ready to embark on prep immediately after signature of WA to ensure negotiations can start asap after withdrawal'. Understand 27 discussed starting prep work on future deal as soon as UK ratifies
Par 3. has been strengthened: “The backstop is only intended as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland *and ensure the integrity of the single market*.”
The same paragraph also states that it is the EU's "firm determination" to work speedily on a subsequent agreement that establishes by 31 December 2020 alternative arrangements, so that the backstop will not be triggered.
Par 4. stated that if backdrop is used, it'd apply only temporarily unless & until superseded by a subsequent agreement. EU would use best endeavours to negotiate & conclude a subsequent agreement rapidly. Backstop only in place for a short period, as long as strictly necessary
The latest draft now also says that best endeavours are also expected of the UK.

The final paragraph calls for preparedness at all levels to be intensified, taking into account all possible outcomes.

Note: This is still a draft.
Elsewhere, as reported by @faisalislam / @SkyNews, I understand that May floated the idea of putting a commencement date on a new relationship.

I am told there is a lot of goodwill among 27 to help May, but there isn't really a specific UK ask.
I understand there is reluctance to add/annex a declaration to the withdrawal agreement because it could contradict and change the nature of the withdrawal agreement
In summary.

On the plus side for May:

27 prepared to start (preparatory) work on future relationship as soon as ratification done.

Assurances & clarifications are strongly worded, but they do just that: clarify what's in the agreement / is known, and assure.
However: if anything, today's conclusions are much tighter than yesterday's draft in a sign that unity among 27 is paramount/priority.

Some of the promises May reportedly made to MPs look, for now at least, difficult to achieve.
As always over the past two years, part of the problem/challenge for N10 is to spell out tradeoffs, manage expectations, and explain that withdrawal agreement ≠ future relationship.
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