Two days after launching the first Covid-19 vaccination campaign in a Western country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson travelled to Brussels on 9 December for a “last-chance dinner” with the President of the European Commission.
Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen were expected to find possible points of agreement to break the deadlock in the negotiations on trade relations between the UK and the European Union. The talks aim at avoiding a “no deal Brexit” on the eve of a summit of the heads of state and government of the EU-27 devoted mainly to the European budget and the post-coronavirus recovery plan.
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