Ann Widdecombe – “It is crucial that we do not extend” beyond the 31st December deadline

Former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe has said not leaving the EU in its entirety by the deadline date of 31st December 2020 will cause more harm and uncertainty at a time when we need certainty to “rebuild the economy”.

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Here are some quotes from Ann’s interview with the Express. “I think it is crucial that we do not extend it.
“First of all when this coronavirus crisis is over we are going to have to rebuild the economy and we are going to need to be able to give such support as the Government sees fit to our own industries.

“We cannot do that under EU rules, state aid is specifically prohibited.
“It is absolutely crucial that we are out as soon as possible so that we can give state aid to our own industries.
“The second reason is it’s only prolonging the uncertainty and at this time of all times we need certainty.
“We need to be able to say to business and commerce we’ve left, the trade deal is being concluded, the transition period ends on December 31 and no messing so that everyone knows where they are.”

Ann says “there is always a difference between saying and doing” hence why Ann is waiting out to see what happens before full praising Boris on his efforts.
Ann said:“I sincerely hope he won’t ask for an extension if he does there’s going to be an awful lot of disappointed people.

“So far he is saying all the right things but there is always a difference between saying and doing and we won’t really know until the end of June which is the deadline for asking for an extension whether he is going to do what he says he is going to do.”

When questioned about the stumbling block over the EU’ stance on fisheries Ann said: “Fishing is obviously one and again for our own fishing industry’s sake it is crucial we bring this to a conclusion by December 31 because uncertainty is killing that industry, as is the enormous impact of the EU just being able to fish in our waters.

“We do need to take back control of our own waters and to decide who can fish where and to what extent.
“That’s got to be our decision in the future not their’s, that’s vitally important.”

In conclusion to this interview, you can see Ann is quite rightly being reserved before celebrating leaving on the 31st December 2020. Ann, like the rest of us, want actions to be followed through than kind words to sound great in the press. Our conclusion to this is we are on the right course so far, and unless the law changes and parliament give the green light for an extension, we will not be extending beyond the 31st December 2020.
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