Responding to the reports that EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the EU is open to a possible request to extend the Brexit transition period, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“With countries across Europe battling the coronavirus crisis, Commission President von der Leyen’s comments are welcome news.
“The UK government’s focus must be on tackling this pandemic and saving as many lives as possible.
“Extending the transition period would help reduce the burden and uncertainty on businesses, the economy, and most importantly our NHS and social care system.
“An extension is the right thing to do. Liberal Democrats will continue to urge Boris Johnson to secure one as a priority.”