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Anna Soubry comes under fire after calling for an extension to the Brexit transition period

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The prominent Remainer and former MP Anna Soubry has come under fire after she called for an extension to the Brexit transition period to be extended past December the 31st. Soubry took to Twitter to demand Britain stays closely linked to the EU in the single market and customs union next year to help safeguard the British economy.

However, her comments have been widely slammed on social media and described as “the final dregs of project fears” on social media. Soubry was a former Conservative party MP, who defected to join Change UK in 2019 before losing her seat in last year’s general election. Soubry engaged with ITV’s Robert Peston regarding the news that the Bank of England expects UK GDP to shrink by 11 per cent for the whole of 2020, due to coronavirus.

Ms Soubry shared his Tweet to her own followers and added the caption: “Yet more evidence to support why we should extend the transition period. British business needs stability & certainty & deal or no deal, leaving the single market & customs union in eight weeks time will further harm our fragile economy [sic]”. 

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The professor of EU law Steve Peers pointed out to Soubry via Twitter: “The Withdrawal Agreement Act ruled out the govt agreeing to an extension – the govt could have asked Parliament to amend it, but it stuck to its opposition to the idea”. Another Twitter user has said: “People say Trump should accept the result – yet you are still fighting the Referendum you lost 4&1/2 years ago”. 

David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, took to Twitter last night to provide an update on the latest in trade talks with the EU: “We’ve just finished two weeks of intensive talks with the EU. Progress made, but I agree with @MichelBarnier that wide divergences remain on some core issues.

“We continue to work to find solutions that fully respect UK sovereignty”. 

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