Extending the Implementation Period

Thank you for your email and for letting me know your concerns regarding extending the implementation period and the final transition details about the UK leaving the EU.

The UK and EU are committed to reaching an agreement in good faith by the end of the year, and create a new future partnership which will provide stability in the long-term and encourage investment and trade. 

Negotiations have continued through the coronavirus outbreak with this in mind and discussions have been had via video conference throughout April, May and June, and progress has been made across a number of areas. I am hopeful that any difference that currently remain can be resolved. I do not agree that by lengthening the negotiations we would achieve a closer deal. In fact both sides are getting much nearer and negotiating in good faith.

You may like to see the question I raised during Cabinet Office Questions on 9 June

Dame Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) (Con) [V]

With both sides being confident that a deal can take place by the end of year, the EU ratification process means that, in practical terms, agreement probably needs to be reached by the end of October. Ratification in the UK can take place relatively quickly. What guarantees has the Minister received from Michel Barnier that the EU will not allow a deal to fall because of the time it would take to complete the complex EU ratification processes?

Penny Mordaunt

All sides are very aware of the timetable we have to operate in, which is why we want to increase the pace of discussions and focus on those remaining tough issues, but we will not extend the ​negotiations. We are determined to ensure that any ratification or other practical measures needed can be done by the end of the year. That is critical and the reason we want to conclude the negotiations swiftly.

You can read the whole questions session by looking at Hansard which you may find of interest.

Thank you again for your message and I hope that my response is helpful to you.

Yours sincerely

Dame Cheryl 

Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham
Tel: 020 7219 4061 | Email: cheryl.gillan.mp@parliament.uk