Brexit crisis: EU and UK finally near deal but new fears erupt over talks ...

BREXIT negotiators fear talks between the UK and the European Union could be derailed at the final hurdle by coronavirus.

PUBLISHED: 09:47, Sun, Nov 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:49, Sun, Nov 1, 2020

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Post-Brexit trade talks have intensified in recent days and are continuing in Brussels this weekend. The finer details over an agreement are now under the microscope but officials are increasingly concerned the hard work could be thrown away if a senior figure tests positive for COVID-19, amid the surging number of cases in the UK and Belgium.


The Brexit transition period is due to end in less than two months and if a leading figure tests positive they will be forced to self-isolate for up to two weeks.

Talks between UK Brexit negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier have been taking place in person with social distancing.

The discussions are now centred on the draft legal texts of a trade deal and it is thought the negotiations are now too complex to be conducted via video calls as had been done during the early rounds.

A source close to the discussions told the Sunday Telegraph: “COVID-19 is causing a lot of worry.

Michel BarnierMichel Barnier wears an EU face mask while arriving for Brexit talks (Image: GETTY)

David Frost Michel BarnierDavid Frost and Michel Barnier are locked in trade talks this weekend (Image: GETTY)

“If one person in a senior team catches it you can see a situation where we cannot do it anymore."

Belgium, home of the European Parliament, now has the highest number of coronavirus cases per population in Europe.

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