"We know that whilst we are still in the transition period, this House can legislate for an extension and the European Union would recognise the mutual benefit of this. READ MORE: Hancock 'concerned' about devastating 'long-term' impacts of COVID-19. It came as UK in a Changing Europe said it was difficult to see how a comprehensive trade deal could be reached without an extension to the transition period. The former International Development secretary repeatedly ruled out extending the transition period beyond December this year and pressed the need for the UK to be treated as a “sovereign equal”. During PMQs, Mr Blackford said: "Tomorrow (Thursday) this Tory Government will publish legislation for its biggest power grab since the Scottish people voted overwhelmingly for the Scottish Parliament in 1997. Penny Mordaunt becomes first minister to voice concerns about A-level crisis. "The honourable gentleman started this debate calling for leadership and calling for the Government to adapt. Negotiations are currently stalled, with both sides unwilling to compromise on key demands, and fears of a no-trade-deal Brexit amid a deep coronavirus-triggered recession are growing. The UK Government now needs to accept that offer. The Cabinet Office minister said it is “prudent and wise” to prepare for trade negotiations to fail and for the UK to default to World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms for business with the EU from January. 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Article share tools Facebook Mordaunt replied: “It would be prudent and wise for us to prepare for every scenario, just as we have always done – just as we did last year and did not need to implement those preparations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded by attacking the SNP's pro-EU stance. “But ‘no deal’ is an irrelevant concept and Operation Yellowhammer has been stood down.”. How Navajo Nation helped push Dems ahead in Ariz. In the Commons, Labour MP Rushanara Ali asked the minister: “Time is running out and there is a real risk of a cliff-edge Brexit which would come in the context of a health pandemic and the associated economic crisis, with rising unemployment towards the end of the year. The UK “cannot keep negotiating forever” with the EU over Brexit, a minister has insisted. We’ll have a new commenting experience online soon. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. The Government will claim that this opportunity ended at the end of June, but we are dealing with 'realpolitik' here. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. “Can the minister confirm if the government has initiated any planning in the event of a deal not being reached?”. It also warned there would be a “serious” economic impact if no agreement is reached and the UK defaulted to WTO terms – an outcome dubbed an “Australia-style” deal by ministers. We can start preparing them for that reality.”, Ms Mordaunt replied: “We are already in discussions with businesses in every part of the UK.”. newspaper archive. “But I am confident that we can not only come to an agreement but also we can do so in a timeframe that gives people the time that they need to prepare, to understand, and we are of course very aware of the other things that are going on in the world that form the backdrop to that. Ian Blackford said it would still be possible to legislate for a Brexit extension, despite the UK passing the June deadline to do so. Express. "You haven't spoken about the phased approach, the HMRC services available, how they can be approved, any of that. “And whose fault is it going to be? Answering an urgent question from Labour about the fourth round of Brexit talks, Ms Mordaunt sought to offer assurances that Britain’s supply chains will hold up should no trade deal be agreed with the EU. PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: which should you buy? A Whitehall source later told HuffPost UK that the government was “of course planning” through the cabinet exit operations (XO) committee chaired by Michael Gove for the UK to leave the single market and customs union, with or without a deal on new trade relations. The Whitehall source said: “We are of course planning for life outside the single market and the customs union at the end of the year, and the opportunities and changes that will bring. It comes as Mr Blackford claimed the UK Government has a "hostile agenda" against devolution. 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Professor Jonathan Portes, senior fellow, UK in a Changing Europe, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit are major shocks for the UK economy. These fiendish Europeans asking us to deliver on what we’ve already agreed to.”. The minister repeatedly ruled out extending the transition period beyond December, The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates, Register with your social account or click here to log in.