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Brexit talks suspended as EU official tests positive

BREXIT trade talks suspended as EU official tests positive for coronavirus

Crucial Brexit trade negotiations have ground to a halt after one of Michael Barnier’s colleagues tested positive for Covid-19 on November 19. The EU’s chief negotiator said that he and his UK counterpart Lord Frost had ‘decided to suspend the negotiations at our level for a short period’.

Mr Barnier tweeted: ‘Update: one of the negotiators in my team has tested positive for COVID-19. With David Frost we have decided to suspend the negotiations at our level for a short period. The teams will continue their work in full respect of guidelines.’

Mr Frost responded: ‘I am in close contact with Michel Barnier about the situation. The health of our teams comes first. I would like to thank the [European Commission] for their immediate help and support.’

This devastating blow comes just days after Lord Frost told the Prime Minister that there is a ‘possible landing zone’ between the UK and European Union within the next week.

A UK Government spokesman said:

‘We are discussing with them the implications for the negotiations. We have been, and will continue to, act in line with public health guidelines and to ensure the health and welfare our teams.’

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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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