Ursula von der Leyen, said "Our priority is and remains to be to reach an agreement. But we also have the responsibility to prepare for all possible scenarios."
Britain left the EU on Jan. 31 and has made very little progress in talks about a trade deal, negotiators have said.
Britain said on Sunday it was pledging 200 million pounds to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and charities to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in vulnerable countries and so help prevent a second wave of infections.
Hollywood actor and activist Michael Sheen urged the British government to turn empty hotels into refuges for people fleeing violence at home during the coronavirus lockdown as he warned there would be a dramatic increase in domestic abuse.
I feel broken – and we are only at the start. British Nurse
Many countries have announced travel bans due to the outbreak of coronavirus or Covid-19 around the world. Some 170,000 people have been infected across the global and the death toll is over 6,500. So far, India has about 112 reported cases but the government fears that the number is set to rise. The World Health Organisation has declared a pandemic.
Baby monitors and wireless cameras risk being hacked by cyber criminals UK cyber security warns.
The Malta Business Bureau (MBB) said that the Council of the European Union has authorized the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom which is expected to publish its negotiating position.
The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens the same.