Blackford goes all doomsayer after UK refuses to seek an extension.

Mr Blackford said: “Boris Johnson is taking the UK head-first towards a Brexit crisis, threatening our market together with the growing risk of a catastrophic bad deal or No-Deal outcome.
“Yet again, the Prime Minister is placing the narrow Tory Brexit obsession before his responsibilities to protect people’s jobs, businesses and dwelling standards.
“He must think, pause his unsuccessful discussions and agree to this two-year transition period expansion on offer”.


His remarks came after European Council leader Charles Michel cautioned the UK that the EU wouldn’t be forced into buying a “pig in a poke” after Boris Johnson met Brussels leaders on Monday to accelerate discussions.
Mr Johnson and EU leaders agreed that “new momentum” is required to reestablish trade talks between the united kingdom and the bloc. Prime Minister Johnson indicated an arrangement might be reached in July with “a bit of oomph”.
But Mr Blackford stated he thought a no-deal Brexit was “increasingly likely” and said it was “better than that the only way to protect Scotland’s economic interests and our location at the heart of Europe is to become an independent nation”.
It would be reckless in the extreme for the Tory Government to pile a Brexit crisis in addition to the coronavirus, which would place businesses and jobs at risk and lead to unemployment to soar.
“The Tories are pushing Scotland and the UK towards a longer, protracted recession, which will cause lasting damage to millions of people’s incomes and livelihoods.”
Speaking in Downing Street on Monday evening, Mr Johnson said he believed a deal would be concluded by the end of the year when the present transition agreements perish “provided we actually focus right now and get on and do it”.

He suggested that Brussels desired to drag out the discussions in an attempt to push them. It had been”very clear what the UK wants” in the deal,” he said, adding: “We can not have the involvement of the European Court of Justice in this nation, we can not have a system whereby we continue to comply with EU law after we leave the EU.”

Four rounds of negotiations have made little apparent progress, but the two sides have agreed to an “intensified” negotiating timetable in the weeks beforehand.
Mr Johnson said: “I do not think we are that far apart, but what we want today is to see a little bit of oomph in the discussions.”The EU has officially admitted the UK would not seek any extension to the transition, which allows while talks continue, Britain continued entry.

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