Brexit Negotiations and the Coronavirus Outbreak

Brexit Negotiations and the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Panellists assess the current state of Brexit negotiations and highlight some key points of divergence which still remain between the UK and Brussels.

In recent months, containing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak has been a primary focus for policymakers across the globe. In the EU, the pandemic has dominated government agendas, de-prioritising Brexit negotiations and placing further pressure on the agreed timeline.

With the second round of talks delayed, doubts have been cast over negotiators' ability to reach agreements on key issues including governance, trade, fisheries and security co-operation.

What might compromise and a common direction look like? Is an extension necessary to reach an agreement particularly given the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 outbreak? And what are some of the concerns for businesses and citizens regarding prolonging negotiations?