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Coronavirus kills Brexit negotiations — for now

LONDON — Britain and the EU finally gave up hope of holding formal Brexit negotiations amid the unfolding coronavirus crisis.

A U.K. government spokesperson said the two sides “will not formally be convening negotiating work strands tomorrow in the way we did in the previous round” in light of the latest guidance on the disease. Two government officials said there would not be negotiations this week, as previously planned.

The two sides agreed last week that face-to-face talks would not go ahead, but they had been discussing how to conduct the second round, which was due to begin on Wednesday, through videoconferencing.

“Both sides remain fully committed to the negotiations and we remain in regular contact with the European Commission to consider alternative ways to continue discussions, including looking at the possibility of video conferencing or conference calls, and exploring flexibility in the structure for the coming weeks,” the spoRead More – Source