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An amusing footnote to the Brexit negotiations is the sight of the UK considering giving the EU a "concession" by agreeing to consider an extension to the transition/implementation period.

The EU originally made the offer to the UK as a means of overcoming UK disquiet that the 21 Month transition period might not be sufficient to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal and thus overcome UK concerns that the "political declaration" to accompany the Brexit Agreement might not mean very much in practice if a trade deal couldn't be agreed in time.

Now Theresa May claims she is considering it as a concession to the EU - much to the chagrin of Brexiteers and Remainers alike! She is even considering it as an alternative to her previously agreed "Backstop" proposal on the Irish border. Apparently a guarantee that there will be no hard Irish border for a few years is supposed to be as good as a guarantee there will never be one.

Thanks but no thanks Theresa. You don't have to take the offer of an extended transition period if you don't want it, and its duration has nothing to do with the backstop.

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