During their meeting, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to postpone negotiations on future relations for the rest of the week.
The two met over dinner on Wednesday evening to discuss negotiations, which, despite intense talks, failed to resolve the three main issues related to the future of EU-UK relations after the end of the year.
The Chair of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, described the dinner discussion as “lively and interesting”.
“We got a clear understanding of each other’s positions. A statement from von der Leyen said they were far apart.”
The two countries’ chief negotiator, Michel Barnier of the European Union and Britain, David Frost, will now make one last attempt to reach.
A statement issued by the British Prime Minister said, “A decisive decision regarding the future of the negotiations must be taken no later than Sunday.”
The agreement is scheduled to be discussed with the United Kingdom at the European Union meeting that starts on Thursday. However, only Von der Leyen is expected to inform Heads of State and Government, and no debate or decision on the situation is expected.
Prime Minister Stefan Leuven (S) believes that the Wednesday dinner did not lead the negotiations forward.
It is clear that the situation is very difficult. It’s very worrying, “Leuven said at a press conference before the EU summit.