Brexit bill to rule out extension to transition period

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The authorities is to add a brand unique clause to the Brexit bill to rule out any extension to the transition length past the tip of subsequent year.

The post-Brexit transition length – attributable to discontinue in December 2020 –  can currently be prolonged by mutual settlement for up to two years.

But an amended Withdrawal Settlement Bill the Commons is decided to vote on this week would rule out any extension.

The PM suggested MPs it would keep apart an quit to years of “deadlock, dither and lengthen”.

Because the Home of Commons assembled for the predominant time for the reason that election, Boris Johnson said his precedence was to “collect Brexit accomplished”. He moreover promised to learn “frequent ground” and to reach politics with a “unique and edifying spirit” after the rancour of unique years.

Jeremy Corbyn congratulated the Conservative leader on his victory however said he would possibly perhaps presumably be “judged” on whether or now not he delivered on the “many, many promises” he had made for the length of the campaign, collectively with to longstanding Labour voters.

The UK is decided to leave the EU on 31 January, extra than three and a half years after the general public backed Brexit in a referendum.

Soon after, the two aspects will commence up talking about their future financial relationship, collectively with controversial areas equivalent to fishing rights, user and environmental requirements and monetary products and companies.

Change provides in most cases collect many years to discontinue and senior EU figures are sceptical that a deal would possibly perhaps simply even be agreed within that time. If it is a long way never, the industrial relationship will default to World Change Group (WTO) phrases, with the possibility of tariffs on imports and exports.

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc would “beget the most” to finalise the deal in time. Requested about the UK’s refusal to perceive any time past legislation for the talks, he said “it is a long way the British preference to protect the job it wants”.

Political signal

Here’s a political signal, a second of early chest beating too, designed to disappoint these that will need been hoping No 10 would possibly perhaps presumably trot to a softer Brexit over the following couple of months.

And designed to gratify these which would possibly perhaps very smartly be adamant that Brexit ought to be fully “accomplished” as soon as imaginable.

Boris Johnson appears to have concluded that if the talks are to dash anywhere like a flash, there has to be a convincing sure deadline.

It was his roar of a Halloween deadline that bought him to Downing Avenue in the predominant establish of dwelling, and despite the truth that it was broken in the tip, there is no doubt that his attitude in direction of extending time and again again modified the dynamics of the talks with the EU that bought the revised deal accomplished.

Placing the deadline into legislation would possibly perhaps presumably even be designed to focus minds in Brussels. How good that would possibly perhaps very smartly be? That is a decided question.

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Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the PM’s transfer was “reckless and irresponsible” and he argued that Mr Johnson was “prepared to position of us’s jobs in distress”.

Liberal Democrat period in-between leader Sir Ed Davey said: “The righteous reach Johnson can meet the December 2020 timetable is by giving up all his old promises to Stir away voters and agreeing to all the demands of the EU.”

Downing Avenue has said the authorities plans to count on the unique Parliament to have its first debate and vote on the withdrawal settlement – the legislation wished to ratify Brexit – on Friday.

With a majority of eighty following Thursday’s customary election, Mr Johnson is anticipated to assemble the bill into legislation with few changes in time for the UK to quit its EU membership on 31 January.

So, the authorities is going to pass a legislation to quit itself doing something that it had already promised to now not beget.

On the floor, that doesn’t switch remarkable.

Since the option on whether or to now not lengthen the transition length lies with the high minister anyway, now not with Parliament.

And with his unique majority, Mr Johnson is aware of his critics cannot beget the relaxation to power his hand.

But as an announcement of intent, this announcement is principal.

By reaffirming Mr Johnson’s whisper that the transition length would possibly perhaps now not be prolonged, it suggests there will most attention-grabbing be adequate time to agree a moderately traditional alternate deal which would possibly perhaps dash away many indispensable factors unresolved.

That reach a short ‘zero tariffs zero quotas’ deal on items would be accomplished, as long because the UK is prepared to enroll to the EU’s predominant stipulations.

They consist of the UK sticking with EU guidelines on environmental and social protection, and on notify assist for firms.

Such an settlement wouldn’t collect rid of all border checks, despite the truth that, and it wouldn’t beget the relaxation for the products and companies sector.

The PM would possibly perhaps presumably obviously switch his thoughts again – he’s accomplished that before.

But this is moreover a warning for companies – they would possibly perhaps be in for rather of a bumpy scuttle on the tip of subsequent year.

As smartly as ruling out an extension, the Just reports that the amended withdrawal settlement would possibly perhaps simply omit old “provisions to be definite that that workers’ rights weren’t weakened after Brexit”.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove said workers’ rights would possibly perhaps presumably be “safeguarded” in separate legislation, adding that the authorities wanted to create sure the Withdrawal Settlement Bill passes thru Parliament “cleanly and clearly”.

But shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the authorities would “sacrifice our traditional rights and certainty for industry on the altar of turning the UK true into a Trump-supporting tax haven”.

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Media captionExecutive to carry abet Brexit bill to Commons this Friday

And Labour’s Barry Gardiner said his party would possibly perhaps presumably be less seemingly to improve the bill if clauses on workers’ rights and the atmosphere had been eradicated.

The high minister promised for the length of the customary election campaign that he would now not learn an extension to the transition length – persuading Brexit Celebration leader Nigel Farage to stand down candidates in Tory seats.

Sam Lowe, from the Centre for European Reform mediate tank, suggested BBC Radio Four’s Right this moment time programme that a December 2020 deadline would possibly perhaps presumably abet the PM put collectively his luxuriate in party when it involves making concessions to the EU.

“The probability of a no-deal is restful there,” Mr Lowe said. “The question is whether or now not Boris Johnson wants a no-deal however the proof of unique time suggests no he doesn’t.”

Meanwhile, in the predominant act of the unique Parliament, MPs re-confirmed Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle in his post with none opposition.

The MP for Chorley, who was most attention-grabbing succeeded John Bercow on the muse of November, said it was the “greatest privilege” to be requested to assemble the chair again and he would beget his utmost to “address the most attention-grabbing traditions” of the Parliament.

Commons officials have begun the technique of swearing in the unique MPs – which will proceed on Wednesday.

What’s going to happen this week?

Tuesday and Wednesday

After the election of the Speaker, the technique of swearing in MPs begins. They are required to assemble an oath of allegiance to the Crown, or, if they object to this, a solemn affirmation. These that talk or vote without a need accomplished so are disadvantaged of their seat “as if they had been tiresome” below the Parliamentary Oaths Act of 1866.

Two to some days are in most cases space apart for this job.


The notify opening of Parliament. The Queen’s Speech is the centrepiece of this, when she’s going to learn a speech written by ministers taking off the authorities’s programme of legislation for the parliamentary session. About a hours after the speech is delivered, MPs will commence up debating its contents – a job which in most cases takes days.


Reckoning on how unexpectedly Boris Johnson wants to transfer, the talk on the Queen’s Speech would possibly perhaps presumably proceed into Friday.

The authorities will introduce the Withdrawal Settlement Bill to Parliament.

MPs in the old Parliament backed Mr Johnson’s bill at its first stage however rejected his opinion to like a flash-music the legislation thru Parliament in three days in say to leave the EU by the then Brexit deadline of 31 October.

After the talk on the Queen’s Speech is concluded, MPs will vote on whether or to now not approve it. Not since 1924 has a authorities’s Queen Speech been defeated.