Coronavirus will not delay Brexit talks, says Number 10.

A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today it is expected that the next round of negotiations with the European Union will go ahead as scheduled.

The spokesman said there were no contingency measures for the talks in place despite the global coronavirus outbreak, and that the prime minister remains determined not to extend the Brexit transition period beyond the end of December. “The talks are progressing exactly as planned. There was a constructive first round of discussions last week and there will be a further set of discussions in London later this month.

“Both sides are very well aware of the timetable they are working to.”

It is understood that the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is to be presented with the UK’s draft free trade agreement, along with proposals for a number of side-deals, before the talks in London.

As of yet, no plans to publish the document have been revealed.

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