Ursula von der Leyen has called for Brexit talks to be “revitalised” in July in an effort to secure a deal before the end of the year. The European Commission President met Boris Johnson in an attempt to inject new momentum into flagging negotiations between the EU and the UK. After the meeting, the UK Prime Minister said he saw “no point” why talks should continue past summer.
In a released video, Ms von der Leyen said: “Today I met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take stock of progress with the aim of agreeing actions to move forward in negotiations on the future relationship.
“We were joined by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
“We noted the UK’s decision not to request any extension to the transition period.
“The transition period will therefore end of December 31, 2020, in line with the provisions of the withdrawal agreement.”
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The Commission President continued: “We welcomed the constructive discussions on the future relationship that had taken place under the leadership of Chief Negotiators, David Frost and Michel Barnier.
“These allowed both sides to clarify and further understand positions.
“Four rounds have been completed and text exchanged despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We agreed, nevertheless, that new momentum was required.”
She added: “We supported the plans agreed by Chief Negotiators to intensify the talks in July and to create the most condusive conditions for concluding a gratfiying deal before the end of 2020.
“This should include, if possible, finding an early understanding of the principles underlying any agreement.”
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