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Anna Soubry demands Brexit be DELAYED with transition period extension – furious backlash

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The Remainer took to Twitter to demand Britain stays closely linked to the EU in the single market and customs union next year to help safeguard the British economy. Her comments have been branded “the final dregs of project fears” as social media users quickly dismissed a transition period extension.

The former MP, who left the Tories to join Change UK in 2019 before losing her seat in last year’s election, shared a comment by ITV’s Robert Peston who said the Bank of England expects UK GDP to shrink by 11 percent for the whole of 2020.

Mr Peston wrote: “Another striking characteristic of today’s @bankofengland projections is that UK GDP, or national income, is set to shrink by 11 percent for the whole of 2020, a record.

“We are losing more than one in every ten pounds of our income, one of the worst performances in the world.”

Ms Soubry shared his Tweet to her own followers, and used the statement to push for a Brexit delay.

She wrote: “Yet more evidence to support why we should extend the transition period.

“British business needs stability & certainty & deal or no deal, leaving the single market & customs union in eight weeks time will further harm our fragile econmoy [sic].”

Her comments prompted a furious backlash on Twitter, with people reminding the former politician Parliament ruled out extending the transition period.

One person wrote: “I believe that the govt. voted not to take up the EU offer of an extension.

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“@StevePeers is the expert on this and the other UK Brexit related matters.”

Mr Peers, a professor of EU law, responded and said: “The Withdrawal Agreement Act ruled out the govt agreeing to an extension – the govt could have asked Parliament to amend it, but it stuck to its opposition to the idea.”

Another person said: “The final dregs of project fear…

“The equation is simple. The EU have no claim to any morsel of our future sovereignty and that is the only obstacle to a deal.”

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Other users drew parallels to Donald Trump and the US Presidential election.

One person said: “People say Trump should accept the result – yet you are still fighting the Referendum you lost 4&1/2 years ago.”

Another user fumed: “Just give it a rest you really are p**sing people off with your Brexit stance, accept you lost or you will become the female version of the Donald.”

Britain is due to officially leave the EU at the end of the year, as the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

In June the UK formally confirmed it would not seek an extension to the transition period.

The two sides have yet to agree a trade deal, despite further negotiations taking place over the last few weeks.

David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, wrote on Twitter last night: “We’ve just finished two weeks of intensive talks with the EU.

“Progress made, but I agree with @MichelBarnier that wide divergences remain on some core issues. “We continue to work to find solutions that fully respect UK sovereignty.”

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