Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon known as for an extension to commerce deal talks, tweeting: “It’s now crucial that PM seeks an settlement to increase the Brexit transition interval.
“The brand new Covid pressure – & the assorted implications of it – means we face a profoundly severe scenario, & it calls for our 100% consideration.
“It might be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”
Right here’s what it’s essential know:
Will Brexit talks be prolonged?
European Parliament had stated a deal wanted to be executed by Sunday 20 December to make sure it may very well be signed off earlier than the transition interval ends on 31 December, however an settlement has but to be made.
Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply that talks can be prolonged; a British authorities supply stated discussions over the weekend had been “troublesome”, however they’re set to renew as we speak.
Grant Shapps instructed BBC Breakfast that may “completely not” be an extension.
He stated: “I feel the one factor which might really add gas to the fireplace can be ending one thing that everybody’s identified is ending for a really very long time, which is the tip of the transition interval which completes on the thirty first December, so completely not, no.”
Nonetheless, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined Nicola Sturgeon in calling for extra time, 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 total and undivided efforts of ministers greater than ever earlier than.”
In the meantime former Tory defence minister Tobias Ellwood tweeted: “The largest choice in a era. 98 per cent agreed (exceeding Canada’s).
“However these are removed from perfect circumstances to rationally decide our future prosperity and safety phrases.
“If there’s no deal by New Yr let’s do what’s finest for the UK and pause the clock.”
What has the federal government stated about border closures?
The transfer is alleged to have been a shock to the federal government, with Grant Shapps saying: “Within the very brief time period, over a day or two, this doesn’t have a very huge affect. What would do is that if we don’t get a outcome, however we’re going to be sure that we work with the French to get it resolved.”
When is the Brexit deadline?
The UK will depart the EU’s single market and customs union at 11pm GMT on 31 December.