After London talks, EU leader says UK has damaged trust

EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic leaves the Europe House in London, Britain, September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Top EU leader Maros Sefcovic said after crisis talks in London on Thursday that the British government had damaged trust between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Sefcovic had rushed over to London for talks with senior minister Michael Gove, who oversees Brexit strategy on the British side, after the UK government published a bill that it acknowledges is in breach of the EU/UK divorce deal.

“By putting forward this Bill, the UK has seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK. It is now up to the UK government to re-establish that trust,” Sefcovic said in a statement.

Reporting by William James, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison