Johnson and Von der Leyen extend Brexit talks by a month

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Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen have approved a further month of Brexit negotiations after agreeing that enough progress has been made to justify a last push to reach a deal on trade and security.



Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen are posing for a picture: Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA


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The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will travel to London this week for talks with his British counterpart David Frost, and the two sides will then hold follow-up talks in Brussels the week after.

The fresh rounds were agreed following a phone call on Saturday afternoon between the British prime minister and European commission president. EU sources said the conversation was “not a game-changer” but not “unhelpful” with both sides showing resolve to find landing zones on the most difficult areas.

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