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The UK Government has so far been opposed to any extension of the transition period. The end date of the transition period has been enshrined in UK law: section 15A of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 prohibits the Government from agreeing to an extension of the transition period.
- If the Government wants to agree to an extension, it would first need to repeal the Act in domestic law.
- The Institute for Government and others have argued this issue ought and/or is likely, to be revisited. However, any such decision must be taken before 1 July 2020.
- 2020 April 20 – Coronavirus: Is it possible to extend the Brexit transition period? Graeme Cowie, House of Commons Library
- 2020 April 15 – The coronavirus response means the government will need to extend the Brexit transition period —Blog by Joe Owen, Institute for Government