With Europe facing economic collapse as a result of the fallout from the coronavirus it does seem rather incredible that Britain would want to risk a major confrontation with the European Union over Brexit.

Britain leaving the EU without a deal would cause major problems for both the British and European economies. The British public have waited four years for Brexit so surely they can wait just a little bit longer until there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against the coronavirus?

Take the British economy; it has suffered dramatically as a result of the coronavirus. There have been major job losses across the country with more to come. Britain is in recession and now the government appears to want to leave the European Union without a trade deal which is bad news for both sides. Leaving the Brexit argument to one side...is this really a sensible thing to do? Granted that the British people voted for Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a landslide election victory on his “get Brexit done” promise, but that was before the coronavirus.

It just doesn´t seem to be a sensible to me. Johnson is certainly taking a gamble with the British economy. If he wins...well everything will be fine but if he is defeated then it could be an economic nightmare. I do feel that the people of Britain have enough on their plate at the moment without haven´t to worry about Brexit and its economic impact. Solve the problems one by one if the best solution.

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Harry / Hace 7 days

If, the day after the referendum, remainers had accepted the result and not started to put spokes in the wheels and allowed negotiations to proceed as planned, and not giving the impression that we may stay after all, we would have left years ago and certainly before the current health crisis.

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Brett Dennis / Hace 7 days

If Europe was really that worried about economic chaos it would be more reasonable in its negotiations with UK. It is more worried with its image amongst its members than reality. I feel a no trade deal will hurt the EU more than the UK as despite the difficulties of COVID, UK will then be free to deal with so many countries around the world not formerly open to trade. I don't think Barnier is doing EU countries any favours other than enjoying the limelight as a born bureaucrat.

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Steve / Hace 8 days

I voted remain and don't agree with Brexit. But Remain lost, so we have to get on with it. However, some half baked deal where Europeans can take 60% of all fish in UK waters and the UK can't cut taxes or give state aid and where all disputes are decided on by EU law, simply isn't the Brexit people voted for. What's the point of effectively being tied to the EU but not having any say?? The best outcome is no deal and WTO terms. There will be 10 years of pain, but In the long term the UK will be a tech hub and a tax haven attracting the brightest talent. Britain will beca singapore of Europe.

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