UK, EU agree new momentum needed on talks

Britain and the EU have agreed new momentum is required in talks on their future ties, supporting plans to intensify negotiations that have all but stalled.

"The parties agreed nevertheless that new momentum was required," the two sides said in a joint statement on Monday.

"They supported the plans agreed by chief negotiators to intensify the talks in July and to create the most conducive conditions for concluding and ratifying a deal before the end of 2020," the statement said.

"This should include, if possible, finding an early understanding on the principles underlying any agreement."