The Mayor of London has called on Boris Johnson to extend the Brexit transition period beyond the December 31 deadline in the wake of the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus and border closures between the UK and Europe. The French Government has suspended all travel between the UK and France for the next 48 hours after a more infectious strain of COVID-19 was identified in the South East of England.
The ban has blocked all major transport routes between the UK and mainland Europe via France – including Channel ports in Kent.
In a statement, the Labour Mayor insists the closure of key supply chains required the “full and undivided efforts of ministers”.
Mr Khan added the threat of a no deal Brexit was “reckless even before the latest surge in COVID cases.”
He released his statement ahead of a COBRA meeting this afternoon and received a furious backlash on Twitter.
One user wrote: “Brexit negotiations have nothing to do with you.”
A second added: “Change the record.”
Meanwhile, a third commented: “Never! Crawl back under your rock.”
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