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The President of the EU Commission says "some progress has been made" on Brexit talks following a phone call with Boris Johnson.

Ursula Von Der Leyen has warned that large differences remain between the bloc and the UK in the level playing field and fisheries.

She says the two teams will continue seeking solutions next week and will stay in regular contact.

A spokesperson for the British Prime Minister said the UK and EU would "redouble efforts" next week in an effort to reach a deal.

The spokesperson said following today's meeting: “The Prime Minister set out that, while some progress had been made in recent discussions, significant differences remain in a number of areas, including the so-called level playing field and fish.

“The Prime Minister and president agreed that their negotiating teams would continue talks in London next week, beginning on Monday, in order to redouble efforts to reach a deal."

Mr Johnson and President Von Der Leyen have "agreed to remain in personal contact about the negotiations”.

The European Union's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier is due to return to London tomorrow for potentially make or break talks.

Main image: EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meet in Downing Street, London in January. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire/PA Images

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