After in-person discussions in Brussels that lasted hours, each side stated Wednesday night that they remained far aside on key points and a choice on the way forward for the talks could be made by the top of this weekend.
The last-ditch effort to propel talks ahead on Wednesday started with a gathering and continued over dinner.
In a press release after the assembly, von der Leyen stated negotiators would resume work instantly. “We had a vigorous and attention-grabbing dialogue on the state of play throughout the checklist of excellent points. We gained a transparent understanding of one another´s positions. They continue to be far aside,” she stated. “We agreed that the groups ought to instantly reconvene to attempt to resolve these important points.”
A senior No. 10 supply additionally advised CNN that “very giant gaps stay between the 2 sides and it’s nonetheless unclear whether or not these may be bridged” however that the Prime Minister “doesn’t wish to depart any path to a potential deal untested.”
Failing to achieve a commerce deal might be notably painful for the UK, already struggling the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.