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Corona – Good or Bad for Post Brexit Britain?

We all know how Boris managed to take the nation by storm and secure an 80 seat majority with the phrase “GET BREXIT DONE”, but no one foresaw COVID-19 taking over the world’s front pages.

We all know how Boris managed to take the nation by storm and secure an 80 seat majority with the phrase “GET BREXIT DONE”, but no one foresaw COVID-19 taking over the world’s front pages. We Brits have dealt with years of Brexit running on the front pages, but now Brexit seems to be in the distance with the aftermath of COVID threatening to destabilise our economy & NHS.

We started to see the whole anti-Brexit squad, from Ian Blackford of the delightful SNP to even the former labour front-benchers (now sent to the sparsely populated backbenches…) demanding a Brexit extension in light of COVID. Who saw that coming?

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The EU countries are hurting, economies across the world face a massive crisis to which the EU has taken its opportunity to raise a Eurobond for the first time. It is controversial as it may lead a further deepening of the union and that fact that it allows highly indebted states access to cheap loans. In Layman’s terms, the countries with a relatively bad credit rating can borrow money with the face of the better-rated countries. Now add in a further hit of losing preferential access to the lucrative U.K. markets. That doesn’t sound like that would swallow well for the businesses and jobs reliant on U.K. trade.

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In essence, now is the perfect time for the U.K. to use this moment to show EU member states how important our trading relationship is, and the fact the majority of the British population just want complete sovereignty and strong trade, just how the rest of the world operates.

We should not be shunning away from using this opportunity, let us not forget how the EU double-downed on Brexit being cancelled – and even allowed Guy Verhofstadt to publicly back the Lib-Dems during the 2019 election. Chivalry is long gone.

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