The biggest concern we currently face is the prospect of the healthcare system being stretched to breaking point. There is a tragic inevitability of many of our fellow citizens losing their lives to this virus. The government must now be single minded in minimising deaths and managing the immediate consequences of the pandemic. Dealing with the widespread fallout once the situation improves is going overwhelm the government unless it gets its priories right.
Our ability to continue Brexit negotiations and prepare for new trade arrangements are being crippled by the circumstances. The next round of negotiations has been cancelled already and it’s difficult to see how they can be properly resumed. Now we know that the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has tested positive for Covid-19 it is madness to pretend we can just plough on regardless with the transition ending in December.
I have heard it said that it should all just be done virtually instead, but technical face-to-face negotiations cannot be done remotely. You cannot replace the back and forth exchange, the essential development of relationships and trust that will make the negotiations successful.
Brexit is no longer top of the agenda in Whitehall. The attention and expertise of the civil service and senior ministers has been diverted to dealing with epidemic. It simply makes no sense to have the government’s best and brightest focused on Brexit now or for the foreseeable future. With the UK and EU member states facing a daunting healthcare, economic and political crisis neither side have the bandwidth to focus on the negotiations.
三级成人视频The pandemic is causing a global economic shock and the downgraded economic forecasts are eye-watering. We can be certain of very little right now. We don’t know how long our societies will be in lockdown. We don’t know how long it will take to push back against the virus and start winning the fight. What we do know is that we face an economic shock and Covid-19 induced recession on both sides of the channel. Adhering to the timetable set under very different circumstances would simply be irresponsible.
Even if somehow the negotiations were able to be continue, neither the government nor British business can now be prepared for drastically different trading conditions by January 1st三级成人视频, 2021. The choice was made to prioritise independence and autonomy over frictionless trade and the government’s clear aims has got negotiations off to a strong start.
However, even the “Canada-style” trade deal that the government is aspiring for (outlined in the video below) would require British business to prepare for greatly increased bureaucracy and costs.
Now, the reconfiguration of our economy may reap benefits in the long term, but these businesses are already having to cope with the devastating consequences of Covid-19. They are fighting to adapt and survive. Our manufacturing industry is being asked to pivot to producing ventilators and vital equipment while supposedly readying themselves for new customs barriers. This isn’t feasible.
If neither the British state or business is prepared then there is an extremely high risk, and likely inevitability, of serious disruption to supply chains in January. The prime minister simply cannot take that risk while navigating the country through a pandemic. We desperately need to ensure we are readily supplied with vital goods and medical necessities.
This is not a distraction from Brexit. This is very much part of the corona crisis. There is no excuse or reasonable argument whatsoever for risking the disruption of supply chains, expecting businesses to adjust while dealing with the fallout of this and distracting government resources away from dealing with the pandemic. When the prime minister realises this and acts accordingly, we must greet the decision with understanding.
T三级成人视频he prime minister must show leadership and focus his efforts on guiding the country through this unprecedented situation. Boris wanted his Churchill moment. Well, this is his World War II. If he steers us through and gets the response right, he will secure a place in the history books for all the right reasons.
The government must prioritise protecting the NHS, minimising deaths, reassuring the public and guiding us through difficult social conditions. We need to coordinate and cooperate with our allies, help British business survive, conserve trade and investment where possible and maintain supply chains.
三级成人视频Right now, we are facing a healthcare and social care crisis. Our court system is barely able to function. Our education system has been shut down and pupils have been sent home. Thousands of workers face being laid off and many others are worried about falling into destitution. Major industries are on the brink collapse. There are a thousand and more issues that are currently far more pressing to the UK than the Brexit transition period.
There is a time and a place to argue over the future of trade and relations with the EU. This is not the time. This is not the place. People are dying. To prepare for the end of the transition we need to build infrastructure, hire thousands of customs officials, restructure the UK regulatory system and prepare Northern Ireland to implement for its special status. There is no bandwidth to do all of this while dealing with Covid-19.
Boris must decide by June whether to request a one-off extension to the transition period. The timetable is here:
T三级成人视频he only appropriate response to the challenges we face it to send that request. By showing serious leadership and clearly explaining the rationale, he can bring the public with him. The government has committed to do “whatever it takes” to get us through this, everything else is secondary.