UK, EU Leaders To Hold Call In Bid For Brexit Breakthrough
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will hold talks Saturday to try to break the deadlock in post-Brexit trade deal negotiations as time runs short
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Dec, 2020 ) :British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will hold talks Saturday to try to break the deadlock in post-Brexit trade deal negotiations as time runs short.
In a joint statement, top British negotiator David Frost and his European counterpart Michel Barnier said "significant divergences" remained over several key issues that have stalled talks since the summer.
A deal is seen as essential to avoid deep disruption on both sides -- but especially in Britain -- to economies already damaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
EU Commission President von der Leyen was said to be in "constant contact" with member state leaders, and would be briefed by Barnier before the call.
"If there is still a way, we will see," he added.
Johnson and von der Leyen last spoke on November 7, but a month later Britain and the bloc remain divided over so-called level playing field provisions, governance and fisheries.
A European source told AFP on Friday of "serious difficulties" at this crucial late stage in the process, while UK government sources told British media outlets the EU side was making "completely unrealistic" demands.
Bloc leaders will hold a summit on Thursday, by which time many expect to know whether reaching a Brexit deal is feasible.
"I would expect instructions for the negotiators to finish the talks in a couple of days. But a breakdown also has a considerable chance," another European source said.