EUROPE appears to be one step away from lockdown and in the midst of one of the worst economic slowdowns since the end of World War 2. You would have thought that all attention would be on fighting the coronavirus but no.

Britain and the European Union are back trading blows over Brexit and whether Britain will secure a trade deal or leave with nothing. At the moment Britain and the rest of Europe have little or nothing to trade because of the lockdown situation. Industry has almost come to an standstill.

I just find it rather amazing that Britain is even contemplating leaving the European Union in the midst of a worldwide pandemic which shows no sign of going away. Even the government has admitted that British business will get a big economic jolt after leaving the European Union and these are companies which are already suffering from the fallout from the coronavirus. Would it be a jolt too far...well probably so.

When is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in the national interest, going to have the necessary courage to delay Brexit until the coronavirus is finally brought under control? It would be madness to even attempt an economic move of this magnitude. Johnson was elected on his promise to get Brexit done and under normal circumstance I think that everyone would agree to push ahead...but during these difficult times? I think not. The dangers are enormous and now is not the time.

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John Parkinson / Hace about 1 month

Sorry,the cost to EU countries will be £30 billion of which Germany and France will have a loss of £10 billion .We are out and it appears that for all the threats directed to the U.K. it is those remaining who will experience price rises,tax rises.How long before the next country pulls out?

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Billy Knowbend / Hace about 1 month

I think you will find that Mr Johnson is acting in the national interest of the UK which is exactly what he was appointed to do. We have already left the EU, all that remains is to agree a trade deal with the EU whether it is free trade or WTO terms. The biggest loser will be the EU when imported cars will increase by about £4000. The £90 billion trade surplus that the EU currently enjoys is going to take a massive hit as every trade deal with other countries means that there is less money to send to Europe. Any delay just means that the UK would have to continue to pay £1.2 Billion per month with no representation in the EU parliament. If the UK had not left the EU in January we would have been hit with a supplementary bill of over £100 billion to support the bail out of the EU countries worst hit by the Coronavirus. Any delay would only give the EU the opportunity to put political pressure on to change the Brexit decision and thwart the democratic process in the same way they have done several times in the past. Un-elected bureaucrats can't and never will understand democracy and national sovereignty.

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OSN / Hace about 1 month

It's worth pointing out that Brexit has already happened. The UK left the EU on Jan 31st this year. There was a scope to extend the transition period, which is due to end at the end of the year ...BUT... the terms of the withdrawal agreement has a deadline extension clause that must be exercised prior to the end of June 2020. So Johnson can't delay Brexit and can't extend the transition period.

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Kenione / Hace about 1 month

Jason... You have always been an ardent EU fan and no time would be OK with you for the UK to leave the EU. We voted to leave ASAP and that is still our best route. The sooner that we leave the corrupt EU the better. We don't need any more doom mongers trying to delay the move. We will succeed on our own as we always had. It is the EU that will be the losers which seems to finally have occoured to them!

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Nigel / Hace about 1 month

So Jason, you think kicking the can down the road is going to solve everything. I am afraid you have been here too long, "manana", is not an English word.

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