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Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has suggested that the transition period — when the UK is still closely aligned to the EU after Brexit Day — could last until 2022, six years after the vote to Leave.
Mr Barclay made the comments on BBC Radio 4’s Pienaar’s Politics on Sunday after he claimed the government could still agree a withdrawal treaty with the EU before October 31st which removed the controversial Irish backstop — the mechanism that could lock the UK in regulatory alignment with the EU should London not agree a future deal with Brussels before the end of the transition period.
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Former Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed with the EU an exit treaty with an initial leave date of March 29th, 2019, then following a “transition” period until December 2020 during which time the UK would remained closely aligned with the EU and be unable to enact new trade deals with third countries; for all intents and purposes, the UK would still be in the EU until nearly 2021.
While the treaty failed to pass in the House of Commons three times, Boris Johnson maintains that his first preference is...
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