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The question is not just whether to extend the Brexit transition, but for how long

A short extension precludes another postponement later in the process

By Christopher Grey  

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the UK chief Brexit negotiator David Frost . PDati Bendo/DPA/PA Images

Coronavirus has brought the Brexit negotiations to a virtual standstill, as both sides are preoccupied with dealing with the crisis and key figures have fallen ill. There are therefore growing calls for an extension to the transition period beyond the current date of 31st December 2020. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, any such extension would have to be agreed by the end of June. At the moment,…

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