UK-EU Brexit trade talks to continue remotely, Britain says

FILE PHOTO: An official removes the European Union flag from Britain's Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium January 31, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The British and European Union teams negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal will continue to hold discussions remotely after a member of the EU team tested positive for COVID-19, a British government spokesman said on Thursday.

“The UK and EU teams have agreed to continue to negotiate remotely for the time being,” the spokesman said. “The talks will resume in person when it is judged safe to do so. The health and welfare of our staff are our priority.”

Earlier in the day chief Brexit negotiators suspended direct talks, but officials continued working remotely to clinch an EU-UK trade deal that would come into force in just six weeks.

Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru and Michael Holden in London; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama