May 19, 2024
Full exit, full steam ahead - UK fires back at EU's coronavirus threat
Environment Secretary George Eustice.
Environment Secretary George Eustice.

BRITAIN’S full exit from EU rules is going ahead on schedule despite the coronavirus crisis, a Cabinet minister promised last night.

Environment Secretary George Eustice, who is helping to prepare the way for the UK’s departure from the Brussels fishing and farming regimes, insisted the post-Brexit transition out of the bloc will be completed by the end of the year. His pledge comes ahead of another round of UK-EU trade negotiations due to be held by video conference next week. Answering a question about what was happening with Brexit from a member of the public at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing yesterday, the Environment Secretary said: “We’re still going ahead with Brexit.

“Brexit, in fact, it is something that has already happened. We left the European Union at the end of January.

“We have a transition period that ends at the end of this year, and we will still be ending that transition period on time as planned.

“And we are still doing whatever planning is necessary to ensure that after that transition period we can trade normally and function normally as a country.”

His pledge comes in the face of warnings from European leaders that time is running out to conclude a trade deal amid major differences over fishing rights and future regulations.

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