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Could the Brexit transition period be extended due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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Published on LexisPSL on 25/03/2020

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  • Could the Brexit transition period be extended due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?
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Responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting government priorities across Europe and beyond.

In light of COVID-19 developments and associated guidance on social distancing, UK and EU negotiating teams involved in the talks on the future relationship and Withdrawal Agreement implementation are not meeting in person in accordance with the original terms of reference, but they remain in regular contact to find alternative ways of continuing the discussions. Both the EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and UK chief negotiator, David Frost, have been in isolation due to COVID-19 and were reported to have not met since the first round of talks.

The UK government has acknowledged the impact of COVID-19 on immediate priorities, but still aims to review progress in the future relationship talks in June 2020 and is sticking to the December 2020 deadline for ending the transitional arrangements. The government has repeatedly restated its commitment to the current transition timetable and insists that it will not agree to any extension to the transition/implementation period under the Withdrawal Agreement, which is d

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