Boris Johnson, EU leaders to hold Brexit video summit Monday

London and Brussels must decide by July 1 on whether the transition period should be extended.

Boris Johnson, EU leaders to hold Brexit video summit Monday

EU leaders will confer by videoconference with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the state of Brexit negotiations on Monday, June 15, EU and U.K. officials said Thursday.

Talks have been virtually deadlocked, and the sides are facing a July 1 deadline by which a decision must be taken on extending the U.K.’s stand-in-place transition period. Johnson and his government have repeatedly insisted they do not want to extend the transition, which ends on December 31.

The U.K. had been pushing for a meeting later in June, after EU leaders meet for a virtual summit on June 19. But in the end, they settled for the earlier date preferred by the EU side.

A U.K. government spokesperson confirmed the news: “The High Level Meeting between the Prime Minister and [European Commission] President von der Leyen, [European Council] President Michel and [European Parliament] President Sassoli will take place by video conference on the afternoon of Monday 15 June.”

They added: “The UK and the EU have agreed an intensified timetable for FTA negotiations in July. This new process will involve a mix of formal negotiating rounds and smaller group meetings, both in London and Brussels assuming public health guidelines enable this. There will be talks each week of the 5 weeks between W/C 29 June and W/C 27 July.”

This article has been updated.

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EU court: Biting passengers does not oblige airlines to pay compensation for delays

The reason for the delay was not deemed to be under the company's control.

EU court: Biting passengers does not oblige airlines to pay compensation for delays

An airline does not have to pay compensation to passengers for a delayed flight if that delay is caused by a passenger’s unruly behavior — in this case, biting another passenger — the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Thursday.

The case concerned a passenger traveling from Brazil to Norway via Portugal. An incident on the first leg of the trip in which a passenger bit a fellow traveler prompted the flight to be diverted, causing a delay of more than four hours.

EU air passenger rights law requires airlines to pay compensation of up to €600 for cancellations or delays beyond three hours, but only if the court determines that the delay was under the airline’s control.

In this case, the court ruled the behavior of the passenger was an “extraordinary circumstance.”

Referring to the biting incident and the crew’s struggles to calm the passenger down, the court said: “Such behaviour is not, in principle, under the control of the air carrier, since, first, the behaviour of a passenger and his reactions to the crew’s requests are not foreseeable, and, secondly, on board an aircraft, both the commander and the crew have only limited means of controlling such behaviour.”

The court added that rerouting the delayed passenger on the next available flight — which TAP Air Portugal, the airline in question, did — was the best course of action in the circumstances.

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