Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak revealed that he was confident a Brexit trade deal would be agreed with Europe despite the coronavirus pandemic bringing Europe and the UK to a halt with lockdown measures. During the Tuesday coronavirus briefing, Mr Sunak insisted talks were ongoing via video chat and hoped a satisfactory deal could be reached. He said: “The reality is we have left the European Union and we have left it with a deal that was negotiated.
“With regard to our future relationship, obviously, that is something where the talks are currently underway.
“We remain committed to the timeline that we set out to conclude those talks by the end of this year.
“What I can say, David Frost our chief EU negotiator, on behalf of Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in touch with his deputy counterpart last week.
“This week Mr Frost has been in contact with his direct counterpart Michel Barnier to make sure that we have a timeline in place for this phase of the negotiations.
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“This can obviously happen over video conferences, texts and legal agreements are also being exchanged between the EU and UK.
“I am confident that work can continue and hopefully reach a satisfactory conclusion.
“Ultimately we remain committed to the timeline we have set out.”
During the briefing, Mr Sunak also went into the details of Britain’s economic future post-coronavirus.