Brexit backlash: Lib Dem MP savaged after warning UK ‘can't afford no deal chaos'

Posted on May 23 2020 - 6:09am by admin

The UK and European Union are currently engaged in several rounds of talks as they try to thrash out a post-Brexit trade agreement after Britain officially left the bloc on January 31. But talks have already descended into chaos, with both sides trading vicious blows over various demands to be included in the agreement as deep cracks quickly widen. Boris Johnson continues to insist the UK wants a trade deal signed with the EU before the end of the transition period in December 31 – something he is refusing to extend.

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The Prime Minister has also previously warned the UK could walk away from the negotiating table if sufficient progress has not be made in talks by next month.

Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, has sparked fury with a tweet on the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

The party’s spokeswoman for education tweeted: “The country cannot afford the economic damage and chaos of a no deal Brexit at the end of this year.

“Time is running out for the Government to agree to an extension and people’s livelihoods first.”

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Brexit news: Layla Moran’s comments sparked a furious reaction (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: The Lib Dem MP claimed the UK ‘afford the economic damage and chaos of a no deal Brexit’ (Image: GETTY)

But the Liberal Democrat MP came under fire from several Twitter users, who accused her and the party of still not being able to accept the result of the EU referendum and warning an extension to the transition period could cost Britain billions of pounds more.

They also pointed out Mr Johnson has continued to insist the UK will not be asking the EU for a longer deadline.

One person said: “You’ve learnt nothing!! The public gave @BorisJohnson and the @Conservatives a massive 80%!

“Why? Because he promised to deliver Brexit, he has! He promised NO extension to trade talks! He will keep his promise!

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Brexit news: Layla Moran warned ‘time is running out’ for the Government to agree an extension to the transition period (Image: @LaylaMoran / Twitter)

“You couldn’t accept the result of our referendum!! Your time has run out!”

Another person wrote: “We’ve already left the EU. We’re almost half-way through the silly transition period.

“Lengthening that won’t improve things, it’ll make it worse, and also make the UK liable for billions more in relief cash towards the doomed EU.”

A third Twitter user commented: “Didn’t you get the message on 13 December? NO EXTENSIONS!”

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Brexit news: Talks between the UK and EU have descended into chaos (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson wants a trade deal signed with the EU this year (Image: GETTY)

Roger Helmer, who was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East Midlands from 1999 to 2017, simply wrote: “Britain cannot afford a Brexit extension. Period.”

The next virtual round of talks between the UK and EU negotiating teams on a post-Brexit trade deal is due to take place on June 1.

The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost has warned Brussels to change its stance dramatically if any further progress is to be made.

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister suggested he could walk away from the negotiating table by June if insufficient progress had been made.

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Brexit news: The UK has until June 30 to request an extension to the transition period (Image: EXPRESS)

Mr Johnson is insisting he wants a trade deal signed with the EU before the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020.

The UK has until June 30 to request a deadline to this but the Prime Minister is refusing to take up this option.

This has sparked fury in Brussels, with leading figures warning the tight deadline makes it impossible for a comprehensive trade deal to be agreed.

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