EU says Brexit trade talks with Boris Johnson to 'intensify'

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called for trade talks with the UK to "intensify" as she prepared to take stock of progress with Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen. The Prime Minister is to hold talks with the European Commission president. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The two leaders are to speak tomorrow to discuss the "next steps" following the conclusion of the final scheduled round of formal negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal in Brussels.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said today there continued to be issues to resolve on fishing, state aid and governance, all three of which have been long-term bugbears in the talks.