UK trade minister doesn't support extension of transition deal
"I don't think that's likely to happen," UK trade minister told BBC Radio when asked if transition could extend beyond the end of 2020.
British trade minister Liam Fox said on Thursday he would not support an extension to the near-two year transition period that has been agreed with the European Union to smooth the country's exit from the bloc.
"I don't think that's likely to happen," he told BBC Radio when asked if transition could extend beyond the end of 2020.
"We understand that we need to get the British public's support and that an extension would not be popular."
Asked if he could rule it out, he replied: "I wouldn't like to see that and nor would I support an extension."
European Union leaders last week formally adopted their joint negotiating stance on a future trade relationship with Britain after it leaves the bloc, said the chairman of the summit, Donald Tusk.
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That comes together with an offer of a 21-month transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, due in March 2019.
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