PLEASE SUPPORT THE EXTENSION OF THE BREXIT TRANSITION PERIOD
Whilst there is much concern about Covid-19 and the government’s handling of it, we also have serious concerns about how much worse our economic and political situation will be if the Future Relationship with the EU is not agreed with a good UK-EU deal.
You might think it’s inappropriate for us to write about Brexit during the current crisis but that is our point. It is inappropriate for our government to be spending so much time behind the scenes on Brexit rather than agreeing to an extension of the current Transition Period and focussing on the Covid-19 crisis. Polls show the majority of the public wants a delay.
Whatever your views on Brexit, Covid has fundamentally changed the situation and we need to adapt accordingly - let's take a realistic view about what is possible and when. Extending the timeframe for our departure would be met with a sigh of relief by businesses and farmers as well as EU27 citizens, many of whom are frontline NHS and care workers.
In December much of the electorate voted for an ‘oven-ready’ deal but they only got a Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration outlining the framework for the Future Relationship. Well done to the government for not immediately taking us off the ‘cliff-edge’ but that ‘cliff-edge’ is still a strong possibility at the end of the year for Great Britain (not Northern Ireland).
A ‘Canada deal’ is not on the table and the government’s so-called ‘Australian deal’ is just code for ‘no deal’ and could mean we try to depend on a US agreement demanding we accept lower food standards, poor animal welfare and further privatisation of our NHS. It could also lead to rising food prices, medicine shortages and even riots. A much more authoritarian government could arise.
So we strongly urge you to support our stance of extending the Transition Period.
The only other satisfactory option at this point in time would be to accept the EU’s proposed Association Agreement without further negotiations. It is based on the agreed Political Declaration.
If there is no extension and an agreement is not reached, we will crash out of the UK-EU relationship at the end of this year and our economy, our social arrangements and our very way of life will be dramatically affected.