Statement: von der Leyen and Boris Johnson Oct 3 2020

Joint Statement by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson and President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen on 03 October 2020

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the UK Prime Minister, Boris
Johnson, spoke today about the state of play in the negotiations on the future relationship between
the UK and the EU. They agreed on the importance of finding an agreement, if at all possible, as a strong basis for a strategic EU-UK relationship in future.

They endorsed the assessment of both Chief Negotiators that progress had been made in recent
weeks but that significant gaps remained, notably but not only in the areas of fisheries, the level
playing field, and governance. They instructed their Chief Negotiators to work intensively in order to try to bridge those gaps.

They agreed to speak on a regular basis on this issue.