Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom to define their future relationship after Brexit were suspended this Thursday for a “brief period”, The duration of which has not been specified, after announcing the positive for coronavirus of one of the members of the European team.
“One of the negotiators on my team has tested positive for covid-19. With (British chief negotiator) David Frost, we have decided to suspend negotiations at our level for a short time. The teams will continue their work in full compliance with the (health) guidelines, “European chief negotiator Michel Barnier wrote on Twitter.
Also Frost himself wrote in his account of the same social network that “the health of your teams comes first” and stressed that he remains in contact with Barnier.
Both parties resumed negotiations this week in Brussels in search of an agreement to regulate their future relationship as of January 1, 2021, when Brexit transition period will end and the UK will completely disengage from all Community structures and arrangements.
With less than six weeks to go before this key date, negotiators have intensified their contacts to try to reach a consensus on the chapters that have so far been the biggest obstacles to closing that deal: the access of the European fishing fleet to British waters and vice versa, the governance of the future agreement and fair competition.