Following Boris Johnson’s comments today that he has "no intention" of extending the transition period, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"The Prime Minister has got his head in the sand. His refusal to guarantee an extension to the Brexit talks is reckless and a dangerous example of putting politics above the needs of the country during the Coronavirus crisis.
"Our NHS, jobs and the economy are already under crippling pressure due to the developing Coronavirus situation and this will only increase. This is not about past debates, but focussing the country’s resources on stopping the spread of this virus.
"If we don’t delay Brexit, it will only add to the pressure being put on our frontline services. Ministers’ focus must be on the virus. It is long overdue that Boris Johnson committed to extending the transition period."