Those longing for a Brexit transition extension are going to be bitterly disappointed

Eu and U.K. negotiations

Telegraph.co.uk

At the end of this month the UK will leave the EU and enter a transition period. This transition sits uncomfortably with those who believe in the concept of self-governance. The UK will continue to be subject to all the conditions associated with EU membership without any political representation whatsoever. Nonetheless, this was a compromise worth making so that businesses could use the period of continuity it provides to ready themselves for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The transition will end on December 31st this year and if a trade agreement has not been negotiated with the EU by this point then the UK will exit the bloc’s regulatory strictures without one. There is a great deal of hope in certain quarters that the UK will avoid the risk of this by exercising its right under the withdrawal agreement to extend the transition by one or two years. Some – particularly those who opposed Brexit and supported a second referendum – contend that the UK is simply not capable of negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU within 11 months.

Those demanding what is, in effect, an additional delay to the UK exiting the EU should accept the new political composition of the UK. It would be the height of folly for the Conservative party – which pledged throughout the election campaign to end the dithering and “get Brexit done” – to postpone the UK’s departure from de facto membership of the EU by any longer than is necessary.

Those longing for a Brexit transition extension are going to be bitterly disappointed

At the end of this month the UK will leave the EU and enter a transition period. This transition sits uncomfortably with those who believe in the concept of self-governance. The UK will continue to be subject to all the conditions associated with EU membership without any political representation whatsoever.

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