Arlene Foster stands by Brexit transition Deadline: “We shouldn’t be distracted by lengthening the transition”

Today on sky news Arlene Foster the first minister of Northern Ireland was asked whether the transition period should be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first minister fired back “We shouldn’t be distracted by lengthening the transition or anything like that.”

Here’s what was said:

Q: “Would you have a problem if the Brexit transition period was extended?”

A: “Well, at the moment as you know, where the talking to the government about Brexit. We have a very particular issue around the Ireland Northern Ireland protocol. I have to say we have been engaging very much with the paymaster general and with Michael Gove recently around that issue. It is important that we get clarity for our businesses.”

A: “Northern Ireland and I think that is the key issue. We shouldn’t be distracted by lengthening the transition or anything like that. What we need to do is to make sure that we’re focused make sure that we get clarity for our businesses in Northern Ireland.”

British EU trade negotiator has repeatedly reiterated that the U.K. would not accept any attempt to extend the transition period. The deadline is set in law, and Boris Johnson has continually stood solid on his stance stating we will be leaving the EU in its entirety by 31st December 2020, with or without a deal.

Once we leave the EU, we will finally be an independent self-governing coastal nation free from foreign-made rules. We will finally become a rule-maker, not a rule-taker.

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