Scotland’s government calls for extension fails as Boris reiterates “The transition period ends on December 31,”

UK chief negotiator David Frost and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier finally resumed negotiation talks yesterday over video conference as they try to patch together a trade deal before the 31st December deadline.

Just as the negotiations got underway, Scotland’s government did their best to make a sideline show shouting for a two-year extension. The Scottish blame the coronavirus crisis as their excuse to push for an extension, but number 10 fought back stating Scotland has been consulted through this Brexit process and its enshrined in UK Law that transition finishes at the end of the year. 

“The UK Government is pressing ahead with negotiations without properly involving the Scottish Government or taking account of our views.”

Boris Johnson’s team said: “The transition period ends on December 31,” “The Prime Minister has made it clear he has no intention of changing that.” David Frost backed up what the PM’s team said last week stating that if the EU demanded an extension, the UK “will say no” as it would create more uncertainty at a time where we need certainty, controlling “our affairs” in the UK. 

Future trade negotiation will consist of goods and services with agreeing on new terms on fishing rights as Britain takes back its waters. Officials will also look at how arrangements on law enforcement, energy and social security should operate. Downing Street said it expects the latest round of Brexit negotiations to be “constructive”. 

Final assessment talks will be held in June to see if enough progress has been made to carry a completion of the deal or if we pull negotiations, preparing for a WTO exit. The spokesman said: “This week we expect further constructive talks to make progress ahead of June, build on the talks to date which have identified the major areas where we agree and disagree.” The next round of talks starts on May 11. 

“Clearly, if it does not meet, it cannot oversee.”

Britain is pushing for comprehensive free trade agreements, allowing goods to be traded without tariffs or restrictions. In conclusion, as we go through the trade negotiation meetings, the key players will ramp up the rhetoric calling for a trade negotiation extension. The reason to call for an extension is so the small print of further negotiations tie the hand of the UK to the EU’s preferred level playing field outcome on trade and fishing rights. The UK is the prized catch for the EU in regards to paying into the EU for many many years to come. This is why Boris most hold steady on the exit date, so we leave on a free trade deal or World trade organisation rules.

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