Britain and the European Union have agreed to breathe new life into their stalled post-Brexit trade talks, as both sides committed to ramp up negotiations over the summer.
The agreement came during a video conference between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and other EU chiefs, called to take stock of progress after three months of trade talks.
A joint UK-EU statement said despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties agreed nevertheless that new momentum is required.
“You can expect the Prime Minister to welcome the fact that the European Commission president has agreed to an intensified timetable for trade negotiations in July,” Johnson’s spokesman told reporters.
You can “also expect the PM to urge renewed energy and commitment to reach an agreement by the end of the summer,” the spokesman said.
The EU’s Von der Leyen said Brussels was also “ready to intensify the talks.”
“We are available 24/7. Let’s inject fresh momentum into the negotiations,” she tweeted.