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Jakarta Post

UK braces for shock exit

  • Andrew Wigley


London   /   Tue, October 20 2020   /  01:00 am
Brexit supporters wave Union flags ans a mask of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the time reaches 11 O'Clock, in Parliament Square, venue for the Leave Means Leave Brexit Celebration in central London on January 31, 2020, the moment that the UK formally leaft the European Union. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

With an economy already hammered by COVID-19, the news Boris Johnson delivered on Friday that Britain should prepare for a complete break from the European Union with no trade deal did little to lighten the mood in London. Prime Minister Johnson’s mandate for government has been always about Brexit. Johnson achieved this, taking the country out of the EU at the end of 2019. Currently, the United Kingdom maintains the same relationship with the bloc for a one-year transition period that expires in December. Negotiations for a trade deal to govern a new economic relationship have been ongoing through the year – according to a timeline that the UK determined – but the clock is ticking and BoJo’s announcement is the most serious signal yet that the government is braced for a shock exit. In truth, Johnson’s Brexit agenda has been knocked off course by th...