This is the joint statement issued by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President, Ursula von Der Leyen, following their discussions this afternoon, Saturday 3rd 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"