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The Government must extend the EU transition period
12 Jun, 2020

European Movement Greater London Branch Chairs' Letter: The Government must extend the EU transition period


The Government appears on course to crash us out of the EU negotiations at the end of this month.

The resulting No Deal Brexit crisis will be on top of the catastrophic health, social and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Government’s own reports, a No Deal Brexit will lead to shortages of medicine and food, regulatory obstacles, bureaucratic delays and costly tariffs at borders, and a further 9.3% loss in GDP.

The Government cannot deal with two major crises at once. It must focus on defeating the coronavirus pandemic, not compound it with an unnecessary Government-made crisis.

We, including all 21 European Movement branch chairs across London, urge every Londoner to contact their MP and assembly member to demand the Government focus on one crisis at a time, and to legislate for a two year extension to the EU transition period which would secure the best deal for Britain.

Nick Hopkinson, European Movement regional representative for Greater London
Jo Pye, European Movement regional representative for Greater London
Alex Goulds, Bromley4Europe
Lily Oestreicher, Chipping Barnet 4 Europe
Richard Wassell, EM City (of London) and East
Maria Klos, Croydon for Europe
Corinne Firket, EM Ealing
George Stevenson, Enfield for Europe;
Rebecca Ireland, Greenwich for Europe
Mike Vessey, EM Hammersmith Kensington Chelsea and Fulham
Melinda Elson, EM Haringey
David Keys, EM Harrow and Hillingdon
Judith Palmer and Luisa Fulci, Islington in Europe
Margaret Lochrie, EM Kingston
Heather Glass, Lambeth for Europe
Gareth Steel and Nick Hill, Lewisham East for Europe
Tony Lloyd, Lewisham is for Europe
Richard Newcombe, London4Europe
Brigid Gardner, South Southwark for Europe
Alan White, Streatham for Europe
Richard Newcombe, EM Waltham Forest
Barbara Callender, EM Wandsworth and Merton
Bruce Dickson, West London Grassroots for Europe