Johnson and EU Expected to Continue Negotiations: Brexit Update

13 December 2020
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are expected to agree to allow negotiations over a post-Brexit trade deal to continue beyond Sunday’s deadline.

The two leaders spoke by phone at about 11 a.m. London time after the U.K. dismissed the European Union’s latest offer as “unacceptable.” Talks could continue beyond the end-of-weekend deadline set by the two sides if the bloc gives a signal that it will alter its position on fisheries and the level competitive playing field for business, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s government warned citizens and companies to expect disruptions at the border starting next month, and blamed business for not doing enough to prepare. In a further sign that his officials are preparing for no deal, the Sunday Telegraph reported that ministers are drawing up a 10 billion-pound ($13 billion) package to bail out the worst-hit industries.