Brexit talks could be delayed over coronavirus
- Credit: PA
Talks between the UK government and EU could be delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Former chancellor Philip Hammond has claimed that the government's self-imposed deadline to reach agreement with the EU by June could be postponed.
Speaking to the Sunday Times he said that governments and political leaders will have to turn their attention away from trade talks.
He explained: "If the virus starts to disrupt everyday life... and many other processes have slowed down as a consequence, there is no reason to think that Brexit trade talks will be immune, then the parties will have to work together in good faith to decide how to manage that."
Hammond warned the coronavirus effects on the economy could be greater than a no-deal Brexit.
You may also want to watch:
He said: "If the virus did last into the summer, and then we start to see the consequences of whatever is emerging from the Brexit process having an impact on confidence . . . the logical thing to do is to take a precautionary approach, build some reserves, conserve your capital, and I would expect the chancellor to do exactly that and to signal very loudly and clearly that he will intervene, and if necessary would not wait for the next budget".
The newspaper reports that EU officials "have talked to EU counterparts about halting the talks if the crisis deepens".
- 1 Who's on the BBC's Question Time tonight?
- 2 MANDRAKE: Chilling news for Telegraph bosses
- 3 Tory minister's claim over free school meals funding gets quickly debunked
- 4 Minister self-isolates just a day after being spotted flouting mask rules
- 5 More approve of EU leadership than Boris Johnson's premiership, poll finds
- 6 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 7 Viktor Orban has eyes on a Brexit opportunity
- 8 Farage says he can dodge US travel ban because he's a 'journalist'
- 9 Question Time: Tory minister told 'diverse' cabinet doesn't erase race issues in party
- 10 Poll puts Labour on highest level of support since 2014
For an extension to be applied both sides must agree to it before July 1st.
Over the weekend current chancellor Rishi Sunak denied the government would delay the transition period because of the coronavirus.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.