Brexit Bulletin—UK and EU restate commitments and call for new momentum in talks at High Level Conference

Brexit Bulletin—UK and EU restate commitments and call for new momentum in talks at High Level Conference

The UK and EU issued a brief joint statement following the High Level Conference on 15 June 2020. The meeting between Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President, Charles Michel, and European Parliament President, David Sassoli, took place by video conference. At one time, this was a key milestone in the original transition schedule, giving the parties an opportunity to take stock of progress in the negotiations. By this point, the UK was hoping to have made significant progress on the key elements of the future relationship and the EU was hoping to be near to a deal on fisheries. However, due to the lack of progress so far, this meeting was not a watershed moment. The statement that followed simply confirmed matters already highlighted prior to the conference, welcoming ‘constructive discussions’ to date in spite of the challenges presented by coronavirus (COVID-19), but agreeing that ‘new momentum’ is required, particularly in light of the UK’s decision not to request an extension to the transition period, which was ‘noted&rsquo

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Holly joined LexisNexis in July 2014 and works primarily on the PSL Public Law module. Holly read law at university and qualified as a solicitor in private practice. Before starting her legal career, she gained experience working in local government and spent a year studying politics. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Holly worked in the Global Technology and Sourcing team at BP, supporting a variety of global procurement and compliance projects. Upon joining LexisPSL, she worked in the Commercial and LexisAsk teams before assisting with the development and launch of the PSL Public Law module. Holly looks after a number of core public law subject areas, including Brexit.