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Johnson, von der Leyen agree to continue Brexit negotiations – POLITICO

Negotiations on a Brexit deal will continue, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after speaking Sunday.

In a joint statement, von der Leyen and Johnson said they had a “useful” phone call in which they discussed the “major unresolved topics” of the talks about the future relationship.

“Our negotiating teams have been working day and night over recent days,” the statement reads. “And despite the exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations, despite the fact that deadlines have been missed over and over, we think it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile.”

Both leaders therefore asked their negotiators to continue the talks and to see “whether an agreement can even at this late stage be reached.”

Earlier, this week, von der Leyen and Johnson agreed at a working dinner in Brussels that negotiations would continue and  a “firm decision” about the future of the talks should be taken by Sunday.

According to EU diplomats, both fisheries and the so-called level playing field to avoid unfair competition remain the sticking points in the negotiations.

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