Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney insisted on Monday the issue of ensuring an open border on the island of Ireland was not "being kicked into the long grass". And, of course, how could it be any other way.
Yesterday London accepted in principle to the backstop protocol in the withdrawal bill as part...
Mr Davis said this arrangement would apply only to 2019 and included a guarantee that the UK's share of the total catch can not be changed, while through 2020 "we will be negotiating fishing opportunities as an independent coastal state".
This plan would be triggered to avoid a hard border if a deal can not be agreed on Brexit or there is no specific solution brokered for Northern Ireland.
However, "the transitional period will only come after everything is agreed", said Barnier.
"They further agree that the full set of issues related to avoiding a hard border covered in the draft reflect those that need to be addressed in any solution".
The 129-page draft agreement is mostly composed of text highlighted in green, indicating that the negotiators have agreed.
"Despite denials from Theresa May there is now confirmation that the British government is accepting the agreements made, including the backstop option which would see the north remaining in the customs union and significant elements of the single market".
Jane Golding, chair of British in Europe, said the draft excluded any reference to their continued right to freedom of movement to enable cross-border commuting or provision of services in another country or to people in another country.
The EU and Ireland had insisted, in response, that the "backstop" option was simply the translation of an agreement struck in a joint report between the United Kingdom and the European Commission in December.
The application of European Union law surrounding Value-Added Tax and excise duties, agriculture, fisheries products and environmental protection to Northern Ireland.
At a press conference, European Union negotiator Michel Barnier hailed this draft legal text as a "decisive step, because we were able this morning to agree, and after all those days and nights of hard work, or what will make up an global agreement for the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom".
Brussels has agreed that Britain can sign trade deals with other countries during the transition period - from March next year to December 2020.
But Mrs May said: 'I think what this shows is that with goodwill on both sides, working hard, we can get an arrangement for the future'.
"Whilst this is a step in the right direction the food industry and especially the meat industry needs to know how things are going to happen, the what is going to happen has always been understood. Many of us can swallow a good deal that is unsatisfactory in the transition if it leads to a proper Brexit in the end".
Nevertheless, after so much prevaricating this feels like genuine progress and credit must be given to Mr Davis and his negotiating team as well as to his European Union counterparts.
This agreement, if it holds, allows Theresa May to begin negotiations on a trading agreement with the EU.