Richmond Times-Dispatch

Brexit talks suspended due to COVID-19 case

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BRUSSELS— As if the Brexit trade negotiatio­ns were not difficult enough, the coronaviru­s added a twist at a crucial stage on Thursday when top-level talks had to be suspended because an EU negotiator tested positive for COVID-19.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that together with his U.K. counterpar­t, David Frost, “we have decided to suspend the negotiatio­ns at our level for a short period.”

Talks among lowerranki­ng officials will continue in the meantime. And once the top negotiator­s can resume meeting face to face, the talks should be back in London.

Time is running out, as the EU will need about four weeks to complete the approval process of any deal that is agreed upon.

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