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Extending the Brexit transition period

The UK and EU have until the 1 July 2020 to decide to extend the transition period. Speakers explored the likelihood of an extension.

This event was recorded as part of our IfG LIVE series.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has cast doubts on whether the UK and EU can reach a deal by the current deadline of 31 December 2020. The lead negotiators, Michel Barnier and David Frost, are currently self-isolating. They have yet to set a date for the next round of talks.

The UK and EU have until the 1 July 2020 to decide whether to extend the transition period, and on what terms. In this session, speakers explored the likelihood of an extension – and whether it might be possible to agree to an extension even after the 1 July deadline has been passed.

Panellists included:

  • Allie Renison, Head, EU and Trade Policy, at the Institute of Directors
  • Shanker Singham, CEO of Competere
  • Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist at the European Policy Centre
  • Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU law and Employment Law, University of Cambridge; Senior fellow, UK in a Changing Europe

This event was chaired by Joe Owen, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.

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Country (international)
European Union
Johnson government
Institute for Government

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