Virus-Hit Brexit Talks Resume With Time for a Deal Running Out

Britain and the European Union will restart talks on Monday over their future relationship, with time running out to get an agreement after a six-week interruption caused by coronavirus.

Officials will meet by video-conference for a full week of discussions, their first since the inaugural round in Brussels at the start of the March. Shortly after that meeting, David Frost and Michel Barnier, the two sides’ chief negotiators, were forced into isolation after showing symptoms of the virus.

They resume talks as the U.K.’s opposition to extending the deadline hardens and officials say they have made little progress beyond identifying the major areas of disagreement. After leaving the EU on Jan. 31, the U.K. has until the end of the transition period on Dec. 31 to settle its future relationship with the bloc in key areas such as trade, security and aviation co-operation.