Talks between the UK and the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal will go ahead as planned next week, despite the chief negotiator on each side being diagnosed with coronavirus.
The UK’s negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier are in self-isolation after positive tests for the virus.
UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove will meet EU officials via video link in the first meeting on Monday.
Despite much of Europe being in lockdown because of the pandemic, Downing Street insists there will be “no change” to its timetable for getting a trade deal done.
Under the terms of its withdrawal agreement, the UK has until the end of the year – during which it will continue to follow most Brussels rules – to reach a deal. The UK has ruled out any deadline extension.