Boris Johnson aims to block Brexit extension beyond 11 months as illegal

On Tuesday, British media including the Financial Times and The Times reported, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson aim to take bold legislative steps to prevent any extension of the Brexit transition period beyond 2020.

Making an extension beyond 2020 illegal will add to pressures to strike a trade deal with the European Union in eleven months.

Once the UK leaves the bloc on January 31, it enters into a transitionary period during which it remains an member of the EU in name while both sides try to hammer out a new trade relationship.

Johnson’s large majority is likely to give him the flexibility required to change the law should he need to.

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, had warned, 11 months is not enough time to strike a comprehensive trade deal.

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