This, as it transpires, was a request made by the opposition while Boris and Dominic Cummings were both laid low by covid-19. They sneakily wrote to Barnier asking him to put a written request to the UK gov, to make it look better for Britain in that she wasn’t asking for the extension and therefore not backing down on the original stance of not asking to extend.The European Union is “open” to a two-year Brexit delay, chief negotiator Michel Barnier has confirmed.
In a letter to the Westminster leaders of the SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, SDLP, Green Party and Alliance Party, Mr Barnier said the option of an extension to the Brexit transition period is available if the UK wants it.
But the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost told MPs the “firm policy” of the Government remains not to extend beyond the end of the year.
The leaders of these parties had written to Mr Barnier on May 15 calling for a two-year extension to be agreed between the UK and the EU amid a negotiation deadlock.
The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford welcomed the letter and called on Boris Johnson to accept the offer to help protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Brexit transition began when the UK legally left the EU on January 31 and is due to conclude at the end of the year.
Mr Frost told the Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union on Wednesday: “That is the firm policy of the Government, that we will not extend the transition period and if asked we would not agree to it.”
In his letter, Mr Barnier said: “Such an extension of up to one or two years can be agreed jointly by the two parties.
“The European Union has always said that we remain open on this matter.
Never ending isnt it.
Some Tory MP’s were in favour of this too, so looks like Boris will have some weeding and sackings to attend to as well.
The feeling the opposition had was that with Boris and Cummings both out of things, they could persuade enough Tory traitor’s to vote an extension motion through the house while Boris was lying, almost dying in fact, in a hospital bed and unable to fend them off.
Cummings is 100% Brexit and architected the no extension law to be written in, so having both Boris and him in isolation and incapable of stopping them, they went for it.
They were rumbled though, and Barnier has been informed that he and the conspirators have been caught red-handed and no extension by the U.K. will be sought nor accepted.
Are there no lengths these remoaners will stoop to? A dying prime minister during the biggest crisis since the Battle of Britain, and instead of supporting the people and the country through the crisis, they attempted to hi-jack the gov and force an unwanted EU extension on us all, which no doubt would have included lots of remain clauses in it if they could get their way.
They have simply made their own position much worse now, as if there was even a slight chance of Boris softening just a little on an extension, it’s gone forever now.