But the joint statement said: “Given the latest COVID-19 developments, U.K. and EU negotiators have Thursday jointly decided not to hold next week’s round of negotiations in London, in the form originally scheduled. Both sides are currently exploring alternative ways to continue discussions, including if possible the use of video conferences.”Downing Street and senior ministers have insisted the Brexit transition period, which is due to end in December, will not be extended. LONDON — The second stage of Brexit negotiations could be held via videoconference because of coronavirus, the U.K. and EU have confirmed.According to a joint statement, the next round of trade talks between the U.K. and the EU, which was due to take place in London next week, will not happen “in the form originally scheduled.”Negotiators were expecting to conduct discussions from March 18 in the U.K. capital, while the joint committee to oversee the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement was scheduled to meet on March 30.
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