Even as we deal with all the challenges of coronavirus, hard work has continued till the last minute to support our future relationship with the European Union. It has been a long path since people decided to leave the EU, four years ago, which we successfully did on the 31st of January this year.
Since then, we have been seeking a new relationship. The Prime Minister has always been clear that we want a deal with the EU, and a relationship based on friendly cooperation and free trade, but that the UK cannot sacrifice what it means to be an independent and sovereign nation to secure an agreement.
Trade negotiations have continued, with both sides agreeing to go the extra mile to conclude a deal if possible.
If a suitable compromise cannot be reached, the transition period will expire on 1 January 2021. This will not change.
There will be new rules for businesses and citizens in Norwich who need to deal with the EU, and you can find information here: https://www.gov.uk/transition.
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The Government has put many preparations in place for January, whichever outcome is achieved. The Government has practised for every single foreseeable scenario and I am confident this will serve constituents well.
I’ve been in touch with thousands of constituents about leaving the EU, over recent years. I know there have been lots of strong views. You will also know mine: it was right to fulfil the instruction of the referendum, and Britain can and will prosper from here. I will maintain my prime focus on the good jobs that we need in Norwich.
If there is further news about the trade deal in the final days of this year, you will find all detail on the www.gov.uk site, alongside the practical information you may need. Parliament may be required to ratify a deal and I look forward to playing my part