Nov. 19 (UPI) — Brexit talks have been suspended Thursday when chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier introduced a negotiator on his crew examined optimistic for COVID-19.

Barnier tweeted that he agreed together with his British counterpart David Frost to stall the face-to-face talks in Belgium’s capital Brussels for “a brief interval,” because of the COVID-19 analysis.

Barnier has additionally gone into self-isolation, The Guardian reported, and bodily conferences within the Belgian capital have been suspended, although on-line discussions proceed.

The precise time when the negotiations can be resumed is unsure. Underneath British rules, the quarantine interval for somebody who has been involved with somebody who has examined optimistic for COVID-19 is 14 days, which is 4 days longer than the interval underneath Belgian legislation.

Frost additionally tweeted in regards to the negotiations.

“I’m in shut contact with @michelbarnier in regards to the scenario,” Frost tweeted. “The well being of our groups comes first. I wish to thank the @EU_Commission for his or her instant assist and help.”

The 2 sides try to succeed in an settlement by subsequent week to permit time for the European parliament to ratify the deal earlier than Britain leaves the European Union’s single market and customs union on the finish of the yr.

Settlement continues to be pending on post-Brexit commerce points like fishing, leveling the enjoying discipline for companies and the governance of the commerce settlement.

The talks have been additionally delayed in March when Barnier and Frost each contracted the coronavirus.