‘No there is not!’ Priti Patel emphatically slaps down chance of extending Brexit deadline

Brexit: Patel says there are 'no plans' for deadline extension

Britain and the European Union still remain apart in negotiations over a free trade agreement with a number of sticking points stopping the talks from progressing. During an interview with Sky News, the Home Secretary was quizzed by Niall Paterson on the possibility of extending the transition period past the December 31 2020 deadline.

Mr Paterson said: “It has been pretty definitively ruled out but it is always useful to hear from someone as senior as yourself.

“Are there any plans or temptation to seek some form of extension to that Brexit transition?”

Ms Patel replied: “No there is not.”

On Sunday, Scotland’s First Minister called for Boris Johnson to seek an extension to the trade talks with the European Union.

  

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Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “It’s now imperative that PM seeks an agreement to extend the Brexit transition period.

“The new Covid strain – & the various implications of it – means we face a profoundly serious situation, & it demands our 100% attention. It would be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”

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