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Nicola Sturgeon demands Brexit extension amid pandemic

by LLB Politics Reporter
12th Jun 20 2:53 pm

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford have written a letter to the Prime Minister demanding an extension to the Brexit transition.

In the letter the two leaders said that “fundamental issues” remain with the EU and UK negotiators.

Sturgeon has repeatedly called for the transition period to be extended, which can only be done before the end of this month.

Sturgeon and Drakeford wrote, “No-one could reproach the UK Government for changing its position in the light of the wholly unforeseeable Covid-19 crisis, particularly as the EU has made it clear it is open to an extension request.

“We therefore call on you to take the final opportunity the next few weeks provide to ask for an extension to the transition period in order to provide a breathing space to complete the negotiations, to implement the outcome, and the opportunity for our businesses to find their feet after the enormous disruption of recent months.

“At the time the Withdrawal Agreement was signed, no-one could have imagined the enormous economic dislocation which the Covid 19 pandemic has caused – in Wales, Scotland, the whole of the UK, in the EU and across the world.”

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