Nov. 20 (UPI) — With a Dec. 31 deadline looming, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated Friday the bloc and Britain are making “higher progress” in negotiating last Brexit points that may result in a commerce deal.

Little progress had been made between Britain and the European Union as much as the latest spherical of negotiations that began after Britain agreed to a withdrawal settlement with the bloc. Many particulars nonetheless needed to be labored out, from quotas and tariffs to their relationship in varied sectors, together with vitality, transportation and safety.

“After troublesome weeks with very, very sluggish progress, now we have seen within the final days higher progress, extra motion on necessary information,” von der Leyen stated. “That is good. We nonetheless have after all the three essential troublesome points: the governance, the fisheries and the extent taking part in area.”

Von der Leyen sounded optimistic concerning the motion, however sensible concerning the work nonetheless forward in negotiations.

“However throughout the body of the extent taking part in area, progress, for instance, has been made on the query of state assist however there are nonetheless fairly some meters to the end line so there’s quite a lot of work to do,” she stated.

Talking a day earlier than the G20 Summit, von der Leyen harassed the necessity for international cooperation in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, which has been on the rise once more in lots of areas and international locations, together with Europe and the USA.

“The upcoming G20 Summit this weekend may mark a brand new starting for international cooperation,” von der Leyen stated in an announcement. “2020 has been a really troublesome 12 months. However the G20 rose to the problem and it offered management.”

She stated healthcare, the financial system, local weather change and enhancing environmental safety to stop future disasters will possible be the highest agenda gadgets this weekend together with the pandemic.