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Ministers insist there’ll “completely not” be a Brexit extension regardless of border chaos

The transition preparations defend present buying and selling preparations with the EU and are attributable to finish on December 31.

Former Tory defence minister Tobias Ellwood referred to as for an extension if there is no such thing as a settlement by New 12 months. 

He tweeted: “The most important determination in a technology…However these are removed from supreme circumstances to rationally decide our future prosperity and safety phrases.  

“If there’s no deal by New 12 months let’s do what’s greatest for the UK and pause the clock.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan added his voice to the calls, saying: “I’m urging the Authorities to formally search an extension to the Brexit transition interval. Securing our key provide chains and preventing the coronavirus pandemic requires the complete and undivided efforts of ministers greater than ever earlier than.”

However on Monday morning Transport Secretary Grant Shapps instructed that extending the deadline would add “gasoline to the fireplace”. 

Mr Shapps informed BBC Breakfast: “I believe the one factor which might truly add gasoline to the fireplace could be ending one thing that everybody’s identified is ending for a really very long time, which is the top of the transition interval which completes on the thirty first December, so completely not, no.

“The necessary factor is that companies proceed to organize, that people are ready and as I say, because it occurs, it’s as a result of we’ve acquired a few of these contingencies in place, for instance with the ability to open up Manston as a lorry park for what’s truly taking place at the moment, that planning is in place, due to all of the work that’s gone on with the Kent Resilience Discussion board and others making ready for the top of the transition, in any case.”

The chief of Kent County Council Roger Gough stated plans have been already in place to deal with visitors disruption following the top of the Brexit transition interval.

He informed Occasions Radio: “We’ve been doing an infinite quantity of preparation for January 1 and that entails what is named Operation Brock, nevertheless what we’re utilizing is named Operation Stack, which is the tactic utilized in earlier years the place in impact you shut the M20 between junctions eight and 11.”

Talks continued on Monday after the 2 sides failed to achieve a commerce deal by the European Parliament’s deadline of final evening with fishing remaining a significant sticking level.  

British commerce negotiators refuelled on mince pies and mulled wine final evening with the opportunity of talks persevering with via to subsequent week.

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