The Brexit preview currently on show at Dover, Folkestone and other UK ports has not deterred the Prime Minister from refusing to look at any further extension to the transition process. This points to a no deal Brexit being the almost certain outcome, with increased disruption to UK supply chains inevitable.
There seems however to be increasing optimism that a deal will be reached, although grounds for that optimism seem hard to pinpoint.
A number of Conservative MPs have confirmed through various statements today that there is no chance of an extension to the transition negotiations. Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer has backed Government tactics saying today: “I think that it would be far better for the government to get a deal over the line, either today, tomorrow or certainly next week.” That statement does of course assume or hope for a last minute deal being agreed.
Some Conservatives including Tobias Ellwood and Simon Hoare have taken to twitter today to voice calls to their leader to extend the transition period.
Also on twitter Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m urging the Government to officially seek an extension to the Brexit transition period. Securing our key supply chains and fighting the coronavirus pandemic requires the full and undivided efforts of ministers more than ever before.”
Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey says the government needs to ‘give businesses the breathing space they need’ and adds they should ‘seek an extension to the Brexit transition period’.
The final Brexit Deal or No Deal outcome with less than ten days to the final ‘current’ deadline seems as elusive to politicians as the rest of us.
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