The new President of the EU Commission has implored Boris Johnson to sanction a longer Brexit transition period.
During a talk at LSE, during a visit to the UK, Ursula von der Leyen said that a short transition period would limit negotiations and would lead to a “distant” relationship between the EU and UK.
Johnson has been steadfast that he will not agree to a transition period that extends beyond 31st December 2020. The transition period is the time during which our current relationship with the EU is preserved, while we negotiate a future relationship.
However, von der Leyen said that a short transition period would limit the scope of the negotiations, and would force both sides to prioritise a few key areas of potential agreement.
“The more divergence there is, the more distant the relationship will be,” she warned.
And the more distance between the UK and the EU, the more likely it is that we will suffer an economic shock, when we do initiate our future trading relationship.
Boris Johnson is celebrating now, but we doubt those celebrations will last long, when he marches us off the Brexit cliff-edge.