After Barnier, UK Brexit negotiator reveals virus signs

FILE PHOTO: European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost 5 are seen at begin of the primary spherical of put up -Brexit commerce deal talks between the EU and the United Kingdom, in Brussels, Belgium March 2, 2020. Oliver Hoslet/Pool through REUTERS/File Photo

Britain’s lead negotiator for post-Brexit commerce talks with the European Union is self-isolating after displaying gentle signs of coronavirus, a spokesman stated Friday — the day after his EU counterpart stated he had the virus.

British negotiator David Frost “has been showing mild symptoms and so he is following the guidance to self-isolate”, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised reporters.

“We remain in contact with the European Commission and expect further conversations between the teams next week.”

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, stated on Thursday that he had examined constructive for COVID-19 however added that he felt superb and was confining himself at residence in France.

The revelation that the 2 most important gamers within the Brexit talks are out of motion raises additional questions over whether or not a deal may be struck earlier than the present deadline of December 31, 2020.

Britain left the EU on January 31 however agreed on a standstill transition interval till the top of the 12 months to barter a brand new partnership with Brussels.

Even earlier than the coronavirus outbreak, EU officers had warned this was not lengthy sufficient.

A second formal spherical of negotiations was known as off this week however Johnson says he won’t ask for extra time.


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