Boris refuses the EU’s pre-organised excuse to extend the transition period


Boris Johnson vowed to get trade discussions with all the European Union concluded during the Brexit transition period. He rejected calls to postpone the trade talk to focus on the coronavirus pandemic. The European People’s Party (EPP) have urged the UK to consider a transition, insisting it is the “responsible thing” to do while the whole continent struggles through the COVID-19 outbreak.

De Montford University professor Alistair Jones proposed Brussels provided the Prime Minister with an opportunity of getting the UK and extension without having to violate his word.


“They have wanted us to have an extension since January. Basically, since they assert, we could never get the discussions done in 11 months, to begin with.

“Together with the COVID-19 virus strangling the world, everything is being placed on hold.”

The politics specialist proposed the EU, by providing an extension rather than waiting to the British authorities to inquire, could give the Prime Minister with a means from potential backlash.

He continued: “What they’ve done is say they have offered us the prospect of an extension, all we have to do is affirm.

“So we will not be requesting we won’t go cap in hand and say, ‘please, give us an extension.’

“It’s been provided to us, and it’s been sold that means to the British to enable Boris Johnson not to be regarded as breaking his word.

“With everything that is going on, together with being in isolation, his experiencing the difficulties of working at home and being isolated from all those around him that he would appreciate it is nearly impossible to get these negotiations done.”

Brexit trade talks have been postponed as a result of the ongoing pandemic, with both EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and British negotiator David Frost needing to self-isolate.

Prime Minister Johnson himself announced last week he was due to stay isolated in Downing Street for seven days after testing positive to coronavirus.

The EPP, the European Parliament’s most significant political bloc, earlier this week said suggested that the British Government will do the “responsible thing” and want to postpone the conclusion of the membership of this single market and the customs union.

However, Mr Johnson rebuked the request and insisted that the UK remains set to complete Brexit trade negotiations by December 2020.

A UK spokesman said: “The transition period ends on 31 December 2020, as enshrined in UK law, which the Prime Minister has made clear he has no intention of changing.”


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