Brexit Britain's chief negotiator Frost self-isolating after showing coronavirus symptoms

Posted on Mar 20 2020 - 4:12am by admin

Mr Frost’s decision was confirmed last night by a British official. The news comes after his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, confirmed he had tested positive for the disease. Mr Barnier took to Twitter today to announce he had contracted coronavirus and would be self-isolating. 

He said: “I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for #COVID19.

“I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team.

“For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.”

Mr Barnier and Mr Frost have not had contact since the first round of talks in Brussels two weeks ago.

Brexit talks were due to be held this week, however, were postponed at the decision of both UK and EU officials.

It was thought the talks could take place via video link.

However, this apparently convened Government advice to socially distance.

This is becauses it involved multiple officials being in the same room simultaneously.

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Talks have begun on striking a trade deal with the EU, although early exchanges have laid bare divisions on issues ranging from fisheries to a “level playing field” on workers’ rights, environmental standards and state subsidies to ensure fair competition.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, the Prime Minister has insisted that he will not extend the transition period.

This means the UK risks leaving the transitional arrangements without any permanent trade deal at the end of the year.

After securing an 80-seat majority at the election, Mr Johnson had the political capital to reshape his Government in a reshuffle designed to reward allies and promote fresh talent.

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