“Significant differences remain”

The COVID Diaries – 230 5th December

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, have agreed that a trade and security deal is still possible. Brexit negotiations will now resume in Brussels on Sunday.

In a joint statement, the two leaders said they would talk again on Monday evening, with the two sides searching for a breakthrough with just three weeks until the United Kingdom leaves the single market and customs union.

“Significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries. Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved.

“Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved. We are therefore instructing our chief negotiators to reconvene tomorrow in Brussels. We will speak again on Monday evening.”