Still no white smoke in Brussels. After a dinner of more than three hours in the Belgian capital on Wednesday 9 December, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen have still not reached an agreement on the conditions for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
The two leaders nevertheless agreed to consider that a firm decision will have to be taken by Sunday on the future of discussions on the future relations of London and Brussels, said a source close to 10 Downing Street. According to this source, the two leaders had at a dinner in Brussels a “frank discussion” and found that a ditch “very large” still exists between London and Brussels.
In a tweet released after this interview, the President of the European Commission said that the positions of both parties remained “very distant”.
We had a lively & interesting discussion on the state of play on outstanding issues.
We understand each other’s positions. They remain far apart.Advertisement
The teams should immediately reconvene to try to resolve these issues. We will come to a decision by the end of the weekend. pic.twitter.com/jG0Mfg35YX
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 9, 2020
A little more than three weeks before the effective departure of the United Kingdom and on the eve of a European Council in which Brexit will hold a prominent place, the British Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission met for a discussion of the last chance. A final decision will therefore have to be taken in the coming days.