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EU President Joins Consultations Johnson and Von der Leyen

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On the eve of Thursday’s EU summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak Wednesday evening not only with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen but also with EU President Charles Michel.


The video consultation starts at 8.30 pm, according to Michel’s spokesperson.

The intention was that at the forthcoming two-day summit in Brussels, European leaders would take stock of the negotiations and, ideally, discuss an outline agreement. But the negotiations have made too little progress for that.

The negotiations on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union are basically the work of EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost. But direct involvement from the leaders can sometimes speed it up, and time is running out.

Michel, who chairs the summit of government and heads of state, called on London last week to “put the cards on the table”.

Johnson previously mentioned Thursday as the deadline for an agreement. If the EU and the United Kingdom were not in agreement by then, he said that further talking would no longer make sense to him.

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