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. 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.
Last night the SNP leader said: “It’s now imperative the Prime Minister seeks an agreement to extend the Brexit transition period.
“The new Covid strain – & the various implications of it – means we face a profoundly serious situation, & it demands our 100 percent attention.
“It would be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”
Adding his voice to the matter this moring, 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.”
More to follow…