• EU Transition Period

    09 June 2020

    Dear Constituent, 

    Thank you for contacting me about the proposal to extend the transition period.

    The UK left the EU on 31 January. A transition period has followed during which market access remains the same and the UK and EU are negotiating an agreement on their future relationship. The manifesto I stood on was clear that the transition period would not be extended beyond December 2020 and this has been put into law. 

    The first negotiating round via videoconference took place on 20 April and a further round took place on 11 May. An additional round took place on 1 June ahead of a high-level meeting later this month to assess the progress made in the negotiations. 

    I appreciate that you have concerns about the deadline but ministers have already shown that they are able to negotiate international agreements with speed and efficiency. The Withdrawal Agreement was re-opened and re-negotiated in under three months despite many believing that this would not be possible. 

    The UK and the EU share closely aligned interests and I am confident that the determination and willingness of the parties to reach a free trade agreement will ensure that the matter is brought to a conclusion by the end of 2020 as legally committed to in good faith by both parties as part of the transition period.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon