London will not extend the transition period in 2021
The UK is not going to prolong the transition period after the exit from the EU, which lasts until 31 December of this year.
As reported by the acting Minister for special assignments the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, this official London has already notified the European Union.
“I officially confirmed that the UK would not extend the transitional period and that the time for the extension has now expired. January 1, 2021, we’ll be in control and re-gain our political and economic independence,” he wrote on Twitter after talks with the Deputy head of the European Commission maroš Šefčovič on June 12.
Earlier that day, the first Ministers of Scotland and Wales Nicola Sturgeon and mark Drakeford urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend the transition period, calling its termination at the end of the year a rash decision that will lead to economic and social shock and will worsen the already unfavourable situation that prevailed in the country as a result of the pandemic.
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In turn, chief negotiator of the EU Brexit Michel Barnier urged to accelerate negotiation process.
“The EU has always been open to the extension of the transition period. Today at the meeting of the joint Committee, we have taken note of Britain’s decision not to renew it. Now we must make progress in fact. To make every effort for the success of negotiations, we agreed to intensify the negotiating process in the coming weeks and months,” he wrote on Twitter.
Recall that the membership of the United Kingdom in the European community, which lasted 47 years, stopped in 1 Feb. Thus was implemented the will of 52% of Britons, who in the referendum in 2016 called for Brexit.