Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Extend the Brexit Transition Period

On 31st January this year, Britain officially left the EU and entered a transition period, in which EU rules apply while the new state of affairs is negotiated.

Whether with whatever deal can be cobbled together in the time available, or with no deal at all, we will exit transition at the end of 2020.

Unless, that is, we request an extension by the end of June.

That timetable was agreed in an era before COVID, and the recession that seems sure to follow in its wake.

When even Brexit's advocates acknowledge that it will cause short-term difficulty as the economic order is reorganised, it would seem sensible to avoid facing both crises at the same time.

The Prime Minister nevertheless remains dead set against any extension, and the Leader of the Opposition is firmly on the fence, cowed by the same Labour Leave brigade that led his predecessor into similar equivocation.

Neither Johnson nor Starmer can be allowed to brush this under the carpet.

We therefore ask you to speak out against allowing our country to drift into further economic turmoil just when it least needs it.

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