BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – MARCH 05: European Union Main Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks all through a meeting immediately after the initially spherical of Uk-EU negotiations in Brussels, Belgium on March 05, 2020.
The EU’s main Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier announced Thursday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The French civil servant has been in cost of all negotiations in between the European Union and the United Kingdom, soon after the latter asked for to leave the political bloc in March 2017.
Barnier, 69, said Thursday early morning on Twitter that he was “carrying out nicely and in fantastic spirits.”
“I am pursuing all the essential recommendations, as is my group. For all those people afflicted previously, and for all these presently in isolation, we will get via this together,” he additional. The European Fee was not right away accessible for comment when contacted by CNBC.
Barnier had been major the next section of negotiations in between the EU and the U.K. These commenced earlier this thirty day period, with the purpose of putting together a trade offer before the conclude of the 12 months.
Thursday’s announcement will no doubt increase questions on the timetable for the negotiations, as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed not to prolong trade talks beyond 2020.
U.K. and EU negotiating groups have been because of to meet up with in London future 7 days, but these talks have been canceled owing to the virus outbreak.