Britain stands firm yet again – We won’t ask to extend. We shall say no if the EU asks.

The Prime Minister’s aides introduced a string of clear arguments for quitting the European Union’s single market and customs union — deal or no deal — we will leave by end of the year.

Prolonged doubt over the country’s trading relationship with Brussels would further would cripple businesses and, mainly, Britain would continue to be secured to the EU’s rulebook — that impedes Mr Johnson’s freedom to decide how best to help the economy recover from the effect of international pandemic. “We won’t request to extend the transition period, and if the EU asks we will say no,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman unequivocally said. 

He added: “Extending the transition would only prolong the negotiations, prolong business uncertainty and stop us from being able to control our borders. “It would also keep us bound by EU legislation, at a point when we want legislative and economic flexibility to handle the UK response to this coronavirus pandemic.” 

Critics say that the Government’s hardline position will heap more economical agony on Britain as it starts its recovery. They argue businesses are not going to have the time to adjust to their new realities and the trading relationship with the EU, providing another hurdle in the nation’s road. The outcome of leaving the bloc’s single market and customs union aren’t lost on the Government. 

But for more than 45 years, something no government has enjoyed at the center of Mr Frost’s approach is to provide unbridled political and economic sovereignty for Britain. And Britain will be served from the EU so as to chart its own path to recovery, according to commerce attorney Shanker Singham. Writing for the Conservative Home website, he explained the country locked into the bloc’s Common Commercial Policy, which binds its members to exchange policies drawn up in Brussels would be kept by failing to depart at the end of the transition phase. 

It would leave the UK in the hands of EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, but most importantly prevent Britain from looking to strike deals with the world’s fast-recovering economies. While its regulations have loosened and allowed authorities to pump cash to keep citizens and businesses afloat, there is not any certainty for when autocrats can eventually change their mind and reverse their choice. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been in a position to inject hundreds of billions to some job retention schemes, loan guarantees and company rate holidays. Together, with financial penalties imposed for failing to obey the rules of the bloc this would have been obstructed by decision-makers in Brussels. This season transition ends on December 31.

We won’t ask to extend it. We shall say no if the EU asks. “Extending would only prolong negotiations, produce even more uncertainty, leave us accountable to pay more to the EU in the future, and keep us bound by evolving EU laws in a time we need to take control of our own affairs.

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