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‘Significant gaps’ remain between UK and EU on Brexit deal, Ursula von der Leyen warns

Written by on 03/10/2020

“Significant gaps remain” between the UK and the EU as Brexit talks continue, the European Commission’s president has warned.

On Twitter, Ursula von der Leyen said she has had a “good phone call” with Boris Johnson where they discussed how negotiations have been progressing so far.

A joint statement issued by Ms von der Leyen and Mr Johnson added: “They agreed on the importance of finding an agreement, if at all possible, as a strong basis for a strategic EU-UK relationship in future.

“They endorsed the assessment of both chief negotiators that progress had been made in recent weeks but that significant gaps remained, notably but not only in the areas of fisheries, the level playing field, and governance.

“They instructed their chief negotiators to work intensively in order to try to bridge those gaps.

“They agreed to speak on a regular basis on this issue.”

The talks that took place last week were said to be the final round before the prime minister’s deadline of the EU Council meeting on 15 October for securing a deal – a date that is only 12 days away.

 Sky News

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