Brexit: Boris Johnson urges EU to ‘see sense’ on negotiations
With a trade deal still yet to be agreed between the UK and EU, the Prime Minister is under mounting pressure to delay Britain’s freedom from Brussels at the end of the month. However, speaking this afternoon the Prime Minister’s spokesman ruled out such an option.
He said: “Our position on the transition period is clear. It will end of December 31. That remains our position.”
The flat out rejection of extending the period under which the UK must abide by rules set in Brussels comes after demands from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a series of prominent MPs.
The official deadline for asking for an extension to the transition period ran out in June, but there are growing calls for emergency action following the discovery of a new mutant strain of COVID-19.
Mr Johnson and the Government have been forced to take urgent action to try and contain the strain.
Boris Johnson has ruled out an extension to the transition period (Image: GETTY-FLICKR)
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In response, last night Ms Sturgeon said: “It’s now imperative the Prime Minister seeks an agreement to extend the Brexit transition period.
“The new Covid strain – and the various implications of it – means we face a profoundly serious situation, and it demands our 100 percent attention.
“It would be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”
Adding his voice to the matter this morning, Mr Khan said: “Securing our key supply chains and fighting the coronavirus pandemic requires the full and undivided efforts of ministers more than ever before.
“Risking the chaos and uncertainty of a no-deal Brexit was reckless even before the latest surge in Covid cases and the worrying news about this latest strain.
“With the virus spreading rapidly and our hospitals increasingly stretched, the only thing the country should be concentrating on is fighting the virus.”
Nicola Sturgeon has called for the transition period to be