Brexit news latest – Ministers REJECT extension to Brexit transition period despite UK covid crisis and trade deadlock

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MINISTERS have rejected an extension to the Brexit transition period as the UK plunged into a new coronavirus crisis.

With a new strain of the killer disease effectively cancelling Christmas for millions in the UK, vast swathes of Europe have closed their borders with Britain in the hope of containing the virus.

This has led to widespread fears of food shortages in shops as good struggle to enter the country.

And with a no deal Brexit now just 10 days away, Boris Johnson has come under enormous pressure to postpone the additional food, border and travel chaos a no deal Brexit would inevitably cause.

But this morning ministers rejected the move, with transport secretary Grant Schapps saying any delay would simply “add fuel to the fire” and instead ordered Brits to make sure they are fully prepared for no deal.

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