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Government officials working on plans for bridge linking Scotland to

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 2.40pm GMT On the subject of the post-Brexit transition (see 2.26pm), Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister in charge of no-deal planning, said at an event this morning that there would be no extension. Gove was giving a speech at an event for “UK border stakeholders” (as No 10 describes them). But, intriguingly, there might be a phased implementation, apparently. These are from Peter MacSwiney, chairman of ASM UK, which provides customs clearance software.Just been listening to @michaelgove being pretty definititive about no extension to transitional period. Preference for Canada style FTA but if not will take Australia style, otherwise known as no agreement.
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That is bad news.Pretty clear message being hammered home repeatedly. There will be no extension of transitional period!!!
We might have a phased implementation of some things though. What the hell does that mean?Thinking positively, I wonder if the new use of “transition period” by @BorisJohnson frees up the word “implementation” for the coming transition period that dare not speak its name. 1/2 2.26pm GMT Q: Do you think there is any chance of Boris Johnson changing his mind in relation to ruling out an extension to the post-Brexit transition?Sturgeon says she has to assume that what the UK government says about ruling out an extension is what they mean. Continue reading…

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