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Brexit plot set for ‘humiliating’ defeat as Remainers fail to extend transition – poll

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A group of MPs have been slammed by Express.co.uk readers for trying to sneak a Bill through Parliament that demands a two-year extension to the transition, due to end on December 31. The plot by MPs during the coronavirus pandemic has been branded “despicable” by the DUP’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson. Express.co.uk conducted an online poll asking readers if they believed the politicians would be successful in their bid to tie the UK to the EU for longer.

Ninety-five percent (10,103) of respondents said no while only five percent (466) said yes.

Just 88 of the 10,657 readers who voted in the survey said they were unsure about what to expect.

The ballot ran from 2.50pm to 8pm on Friday, May 29.

Some readers rebuked the Remainer MPs for not accepting the current Brexit timeline.

One said: “Absolutely not a chance – which part of were leaving on the 31st do Remainers not understand?”

A second said Britons had already put up with enough Brexit delays and another would be a step too far.

He said: “No more delays.”

He said Eurocrats pushing hard for more time to strike a trade deal with the UK would do better to sort out their problems at home rather than make Britons wait longer to get on with their post-Brexit future.

He added: “If they are panicking, the problem is with them – not us.

“They obviously have financial problems so it’s a good job we are leaving.”

And a third predicted a humiliating end for the Bill.

They said: “Not a chance. Remoan Bill will be humiliated.”

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Another reader went as far as to warn that Boris Johnson and the Conservatives would be wiped out at the next election if the Prime Minister asked the EU for a delay.

They said if the UK sold out its fishermen in a trade deal with the bloc it would come back to bite them.

They wrote: “If Boris extends the transition period, sells out on fisheries, continues with control of ECJ or adopts the level playing field, both Boris and the Conservative Party are finished.”

Earlier this week, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wrote to British opposition parties, including the Liberal Democrats and SNP, to tell them that Brussels remains open to an extension of up to 24 months.

The idea was immediately dismissed by both Mr Johnson and his chief Brexit negotiator David Frost.

They said any trade agreement between Britain and the bloc would have to be wrapped up before December 31.

A summary of the Bill posted on Parliament’s website detailed how a motion has been put forward in an attempt to push through an extension.

It read: “A Bill to require Her Majesty’s Government to seek a two-year extension to the implementation period under Article 132 of the Withdrawal Agreement; to repeal the -prohibition on agreeing to such an extension under section 33 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2000, and for connected purposes.”

The next stage for the Bill – the second reading – is scheduled to take place on June 12.

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