The UK will refuse to delay the Brexit deadline in any way despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said that the UK will not ask to prolong the transition period beyond December 31 and even if EU chiefs ask for an expansion the UK will decline.
But angry pro-EU MPs branded the decision beyond reckless amid a killer virus outbreak and the transition period ends current trade, travel and data sharing rules with the EU coming to a standstill.
If the United Kingdom and EU agree a trade deal before New Year’s Eve that won’t be a problem, but the probability of that is looking less and less feasible due to coronavirus.
Both sides have until June to come up with some kind of fundamental agreement but numerous rounds of trade talks had to be paused and sources have reported to the Mirror that Boris Johnson wasn’t prepared to prolong the deadline, and even hardened Brexiteers said they would accept it due to COVID 19.
Since then, more than 13,000 have died in the United Kingdom and No 10 claimed that the United Kingdom needs the flexibility to make its own laws to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said that they would not ask to prolong the transition period and if the EU asks, they will say no and it was further stated that prolonging the transition would lengthen discussions, lengthen business uncertainty and pause the moment of control of our borders.
No 10 also said the government has no intentions on changing its immigration system after Brexit, despite concerns it will hurt the key workers honoured, thanks to coronavirus.
And when asked if there was a rethink for them, No 10 said that there would be no change to the Immigration Bill as recently published.
The plans tell firms they must stop their reliance on low skilled, in other words, low waged, workers from the EU as there will mostly be no route to bring them into the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson added that there’s a specific NHS visa included in the new immigration system.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said that it was beyond reckless for the Tory government to impose a Brexit hard deadline in the middle of a global pandemic and economic crisis and that people, public services and businesses are already struggling to get by.
Imposing a Tory hard Brexit at the end of the year would deal another crushing blow, at a time when our economy will need all the help it can get to redeem itself.
While Britain formally left the EU on January 31, we immediately entered an 11-month period where the relationship with the EU remains largely unchanged and teams have until December 31 to agree a settlement on the new relationship and either side can walk away from talks in June.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said that they would not ask to prolong the transition period and even if the EU asks, they will say no. What they trying to do, get brownie points? It’s almost like saying, ‘my dad’s got a bigger one than yours’.
No 10 further claimed the United Kingdom needs the flexibility to makes its own laws to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Seldom does one hear such unfettered blather from Downing Street, even under the reign of the King of claptrap.
This begs the question, what precisely is the EU stopping us from doing, and what if anything, are they forcing us to do against our will?
I’m puzzled by the entire Brexit matter, none of it makes any sense, but then does anybody know the answer? And has anyone heard from Boris Johnson, or is he still in the convalescing fridge at Chequers?
Our need for the EU is far greater than their need for us and only someone with dog litter for brains would disagree, but then again, dog litter would be an upgrade on what’s inside a Brexidiots head.
In a decades time, Boris Johnson will be looked back at as being the worst and most adverse Prime Minister we’ve ever had and Brexit and his handling of coronavirus will be amongst the testaments to that.
And now it looks as if the United Kingdom is finished. Brexit was almost certain to destroy the country before the virus even hit us, but now, the economic destruction the virus has caused, the UKs demise is guaranteed and Brexit will add massively to the pain of the economic fallout of coronavirus and we simply can’t afford it!
People’s lives versus money. Is Brexit that important compared to the survival of the economy? And like almost everything in this country, it’s foreign-owned, but of course, Tory political dogma whips pragmatism and common sense every time and we here in the United Kingdom are a ship of fools, but that’s diversity for you – or is that Austerity?
Way to go, Boris, who’s now on sick leave, roaming the grounds of Chequers, birdwatching, with a salary pouring in. So, actually, it is ‘way to go Boris’ because he’s marginally more useful staying away than staying in No 10 to mess things up further.
The economy will be in ruins by the time 2021 comes. Brexit will happen with everything at their worst, which just means more pain and more years of Austerity on top of what’s to come.
Thanks to this, Brexiteers are about to get the education of their lives over the course of the next five or ten years, and it’s time they had an education because it doesn’t look like they had much of one at school.
The world’s economy is spiralling into recession and some people believe that possibly the biggest social changes in our society for decades should be forced through irrespective of the consequences.
Boris Johnson seems to care more about trade deals with Donald Trump because it’s worth mega millions to him than he does about people dying from this virus – to him we are just cattle.
We’re going to be up to our necks in debt after taking out huge loans to finance the COVID 19 closedowns of businesses and payment of furloughed workers wages and yet these bungling nincompoops are still pushing for Brexit at the end of December.
And they have themselves calculated that this will bring on a lowering of income at a time when we need our companies to boost productivity, so clearly, someone in our government has a vested stake in killing the economy.
But did we ever expect anything different from Boris Johnson? He doesn’t appear to have a grain of humility for the people in this country, it’s just Brexit, Brexit, Brexit! But it does seem that he sadly he keeps millions of fools happy.