LONDON — The U.K.’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost is self-isolating after showing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19, government officials confirmed.
Frost, who leads the U.K. team in post-Brexit trade talks with the EU, has not had contact with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier — who said he had “tested postive for COVID-19” on Thursday — since the first round of trade talks in Brussels two weeks ago.
Bloomberg reported late on Thursday that Frost is self-isolating. On Friday morning a U.K. official confirmed to POLITICO that this was the case. “He is self-isolating as he has some mild symptoms,” the official said.
Brexit negotiations are currently on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak. The second round was meant to begin Wednesday in London. There have been discussions between the two sides about recommencing the talks via videoconferencing, but no new schedule has yet been established.
The news that both sides’ chief negotiators are now self-isolating is likely to delay progress even further.