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Civil service grandees call for Brexit transition extension

The coronavirus crisis means next step in process should be postponed

By Alex Dean  

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The Covid-19 pandemic is a health and economic emergency, imposing immediate burdens and threatening lasting consequences as yet unknown. Much is rightly being done to minimise the fallout. The entire apparatus of the state is being put to the task of combatting the virus.

Yet despite this, the UK government risks compounding a medical crisis with one of its own making. The Brexit transition—which preserves the legal status quo—is set to expire on 31st December. At that point Britain will be forced to adjust to…

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