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Not extend the implementation period beyond December 2020

Last updated 4 years ago

...we will not extend the implementation period beyond December 2020.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.5

Our verdict

  • The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU provides a one-year transition period during which the UK will remain in the single market and customs union whilst the future UK-EU relationship is negotiated – this is a promise not to extend that period.
  • The Withdrawal Agreement did allow for an extension of the transition period to be agreed before 1 July 2020, but that date has passed, and the government has legislated to implement the terms of the agreement.
  • The deadline for an extension has passed, and the government has enacted a law to enable implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, so this policy is ‘in progress’.

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