With figures coming out showing how much a delay to Exiting the EU in its entirety would cost the UK tax payer, it’s also the time to recap Four recent prominent statement showing that a delay isn’t an option with Boris Johnson’s team.
First up is Michael Gove, who’s stated “Deadlines concentrate minds,” he said this as he addressed the Future Relationship with EU Scrutiny Committee. Gove went onto say, “whenever a deadline was extended, the light at the end of the tunnel was replaced with more tunnel.”
David Frost UK Brexit trade negotiator said “Transition ends on 31 December this year. We will not ask to extend it. If the EU asks, we will say no. Extending would simply prolong negotiations, create even more uncertainty, leave us liable to pay more to the EU in future, and keep us bound by evolving EU laws at a time when we need to control our own affairs. In short, it is not in the UK’s interest to extend.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, said at a COVID 19 update press conference, said “confident that work can continue and hopefully reach a satisfactory conclusion, but we remain committed to the timeline that we set out.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab went on the attack against SNP’s Ian Blackford demand of a trade negotiation extension during Prime Ministers Questions. Dominic said, “the right thing for us to do is double down, get a deal by the end of this year… do this deal, give a shot in the arm to businesses both sides of the channel and this is what we are absolutely wholeheartedly focused on doing.”
In essence, the above statements are very comforting to the Brexiteer in the street, but we Brexiteer’s don’t want lip service; instead, we want action on words promised over the last four years. Any Brexiteer would love to trust every word said above wholeheartedly, but we see action as king. So far it’s looking promising, but I suppose only time will tell.