This article was published on December 17, 2019. Boris Johnson is planning to redraft his government's Brexit bill to rule out any extension of the transition period beyond 2020. The reports come despite warnings from Brussels that a comprehensive trade deal cannot be achieved in that timeframe – and puts another "no deal scenario" firmly back on the table. It also illustrates the prime minister's stated intention to seek a "Canada-style" free trade agreement with relatively low alignment to EU rules. Johnson is also said to be ready to ditch previous promises to give MPs oversight of trade deal negotiations and guarantee workers' rights. The planned changes are due to be included in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill which MPs are due to vote on later this week, to assure the UK's departure from the EU at the end of January 2020 on the terms of the revised divorce deal. Ruling out an extension to the transition period would confirm a commitment contained in the Conservatives' election manifesto – but it stands to raise the stakes in post-Brexit trade talks. Read more: Boris Johnson’s new Brexit bill strips parliament of trade talks oversight There has been speculation that the Johnson government… Read full this story
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