Discussion on possible extension of Brexit transition period will take place this Monday

12th June 2020

EU leaders will be holding a video summit with UK PM Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be meeting EU leaders, via video summit, this Monday to discuss the state of Brexit negotiations, with a decision on whether the transition period should be extended to be taken by 1st July.

“The High Level Meeting between the Prime Minister and [European Commission] President von der Leyen, [European Council] President Michel and [European Parliament] President Sassoli will take place by video conference on the afternoon of Monday 15 June,” a UK Government spokesman said in the international media. 

“The UK and the EU have agreed an intensified timetable for FTA negotiations in July. This new process will involve a mix of formal negotiating rounds and smaller group meetings, both in London and Brussels assuming public health guidelines enable this. There will be talks each week of the 5 weeks between W/C 29 June and W/C 27 July.”

Talks have been fraught, with the British Government being accused of backtracking on previous commitments. Despite the lack of agreement, Boris Johnson and his Government have insisted they will not ask for an extension to the transition period, which ends on 31st December.