UK, EU pursue Brexit talks

14 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BRUSSELS: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen agreed Sunday to push on with post-Brexit trade talks despite the passing of a self-imposed deadline, reports AFP.

The pair had said they would decide whether or not an agreement was possible by the end of the weekend but after a cross-Channel crisis call agreed to “go the extra mile”.

“We had a useful phone call this morning. We discussed the major unresolved topics,” von der Leyen said in a brief televised statement that was also issued jointly by UK officials.

“Our negotiating teams have been working day and night over recent days.”

The EU’s Michel Barnier and Britain’s David Frost held talks late on Saturday and early on Sunday and will continue to negotiate in Brussels.

“And despite the exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations, despite the fact that deadlines have been missed over and over we think it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile,” the leaders said

“We have accordingly mandated our negotiators to continue the talks and to see whether an agreement can even at this late stage be reached.”