Von der Leyen and Johnson to remain ‘in personal contact’ amid Brexit deadlock

Both sides acknowledge significant differences remain on two key issues following phone call Saturday.

Von der Leyen and Johnson to remain ‘in personal contact’ amid Brexit deadlock

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed today to remain “in personal contact” about the ongoing Brexit negotiation during a phone call.

Von der Leyen and Johnson “agreed that their negotiating teams would continue talks in London next week, beginning on Monday, in order to redouble efforts to reach a deal,” a Downing Street spokesperson said, adding that “they agreed to remain in personal contact about the negotiations.”

“While some progress had been made in recent discussions, significant differences remain in a number of areas, including the so-called level playing field and fish,” the spokesperson added.

Von der Leyen echoed that sentiment, writing on Twitter that “some progress has been made, but large differences remain especially on level playing field and fisheries.” She added: “Our teams will continue working hard next week. We will remain in close contact in the next days.”