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Keir Starmer and the Labour Party have rejected calls for the Brexit transition period to be extended

May 11, 2020 3:45 PM
By Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

Keir Starmer (Chatham House)Keir Starmer and the Labour Party have rejected calls for the Brexit transition period to be extended, saying he would rather "the negotiations were completed as quickly as possible", espite the risks to jobs and businesses in Gloucestershire.

The Liberal Democrats have called for the government to request an extention to the deadline in light of the coronavirus pandemic as the chance to request an extention expires in June.

Alex Hegenbarth, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Tewkesbury constituency Liberal Democrats, said "Regardless about how people feel about Britain's political involvement with the EU, as the EU is our largest trading partner the transition arangement for our departure must be given the consideration it deserves. Unfortunatley Keir Starmer's rejection but him and the Labour Party in lock-step with Boris Johnson and the Conservatives.

If no extension is agreed then the UK will leave the single market at the end of the year with or without a deal - potentially meaning significant economic damage to local businesses in Gloucestershire.