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If this isn’t a big enough emergency to delay Brexit, what is?

Extending the transition period would be difficult. But now the new Covid strain has plunged the UK into fresh chaos, it is the only option

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Imagine describing the current scene during the referendum campaign. Four and a half years after winning a vote on promises of prosperity, sovereignty and glory, we are nine days from crashing out of the EU’s economic and political instruments with nothing to replace them. Dozens of countries have closed their borders to the UK, while a devastatingly infectious disease rips through the south-east and cuts off England’s supply lines. The Prime Minister laughs on live television when asked if he will sign a basic trade deal with our closest allies and commercial partners. In the meantime, Christmas has been banned…

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