Johnson, Von der Leyen to discuss Brexit trade talks

British PM Boris Johnson will speak on Saturfdya to the EC President Ursula von der Leyen to "take stock" of post-Brexit trade negotiations and "discuss next steps", the BBC reported.

The UK and the EU held their final formal rounds of trade talks in Brussels this week. Both sides have said a deal needs to be agreed this month to take over from the transition period at the start of 2021.

The meeting between Johnson and Von der Leyen will come days after the EU launched legal proceedings against the UK over its plans to override sections of its Brexit divorce deal. 

The UK formally left the EU in January, but entered a transition period - where the UK has kept to EU trading rules and remained inside its customs union and single market - to allow the two sides to negotiate a trade deal.

Formal talks began in March and continued through the pandemic, but there has been concerns over whether a plan would be agreed before that period runs out on 31 December.

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