Yet another piece about Brexit, but it is necessary to talk about it despite Covid-19. In fact, the pandemic makes it even more important.

First published in May 2020.

First of all, there is a surprising number of people who think we can just stop Brexit. Unfortunately, we can’t because it has happened. It is done.

Focusing on that is a grave mistake and distracts from the actual fight we have ahead of us.

If we do not get an extension to the transition period, we will end the transition period with no deal. There is never a good time for that, but it is hard to imagine a worse one (famous last words).

The deadline for requesting an extension is 30 June at the latest.

There are people who think we may be able to get an extension after that, but it is far from certain and would be dependent on every EU Member State agreeing to it. As it stands, I doubt they will have either the time or inclination.

The UK economy shrank at the fastest rate since the financial crisis in the first quarter of 2020. Last week I read the UK document (actually a wishlist) for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. That has convinced me even more that we must have an extension to the transition period. The deal with the US will not make up for the economic hit of leaving the EU. I am worried.

Among other things, the proposed FTA with the United States is estimated to decimate UK agriculture. We already rely on imports to feed the nation. We cannot afford to not have a deal with the EU.

UK threat. / Global Food Security - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

What can we do? Well, after an interesting chat with @prutske_uk, I agree with her that we should all be writing to Tory MPs. Do not give up before you have tried. I believe many of the new Tory MPs may be more receptive than you think.

Many of them have had a baptism of fire in the first few months on the job. I am sure some are disillusioned with the reality of their job and their party. Especially with the handling of Covid-19. Please find the time to write to them. Use actual paper if possible.

The other thing is to sign every petition you see. Some of them form part of a bigger campaign, so your signature will support that. It is awful that we have left the EU, but let’s not wallow in the past. Let’s focus on what we can do to lessen the impact.🔷

Petitions you may want to sign:

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 14 May 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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