The outbreak of the coronavirus has had a significant impact on the lives of people in the UK and across the world. As governments and health workers seek to control the spread of the disease, people have had to adapt quickly to new ways of living and working.
The UK and EU negotiating teams are no different. The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, and the European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, have agreed that the future relationship negotiations should continue in a virtual format.
The first negotiating round via videoconference took place on 20 April and further rounds are scheduled for 11 May and 1 June. A high-level meeting in June will assess the progress made in the negotiations.
The UK left the EU at the end of January and entered a transition period which will end on 31 December. This is set out in UK law. The UK will leave the transition period with either a Canada-style free trade agreement or the 2019 deal which will see a relationship with the EU similar to Australia’s.