Following the Government's decision to reject an extension to the transition period, the Liberal Democrats have called for the Prime Minister to review the no-deal impact assessments done last Autumn, in light of the pandemic. Today marks 4 years since the referendum result.
The country is already battling with Covid-19. Our resources are stretched and the most vulnerable in our society have been those most affected by the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the Prime Minister to publish a review of the impact assessments done in Autumn 2019, to fully understand the impact of Covid–19, particularly in the following areas:
- The availability of food products and any subsequent impact on food prices,
- The availability of medicines and the impact of coronavirus on medicine stockpiles,
- The UK’s ability to import essential products, materials, and chemicals from the EU,
- The ability of British businesses to prepare for a potential no deal, and any subsequent impact on employment.
The Liberal Democrats also want the government to undertake an economic assessment on the impact of no deal. The Government refused to initiate an assessment last Autumn, but this is crucial, given the current financial situation of the UK due to the coronavirus crisis.
As the Prime Minister continues to oppose extending the transition period, he should be honest about what this means for our country. By reviewing the impact assessments done last Autumn, as well as undertaking an economic assessment, Ministers can be clear with the public about the consequence of refusing to extend the transition period.
Tackling the pandemic must be the Government’s priority, and we all have a right to know to what extent a no deal puts this at risk.
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