Responding to reports that the UK Government will not seek a delay to the Brexit transition period, despite the chief negotiators on each side being diagnosed with coronavirus, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“The Coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat, to the nation’s health and the nation’s economy.
"The Government’s priority must be focusing on tackling the threat and protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
“It is incredibly irresponsible to press on with Brexit talks and not to extend the deadline for the transition period, especially with the chief negotiators on each side now diagnosed with coronavirus.
"The Prime Minister should be work more closely with our nearest neighbours. The UK should be present at the EU health ministers’ daily briefings. That way the Government might not have missed signing up to the EU ventilator scheme.”