SNP’s Ian Blackford said negotiations for Brexit must be parked as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic. He explained if the UK was to leave by December 2020, like Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends, businesses will face even more uncertainty. But Sky News host Mark Austin questioned his points insisting it would frustrate 17.4 million people who voted to leave the bloc.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Blackford said: “I think he’s going to have to. I think all of us in this crisis should be focusing on that, all other political agendas should be pushed to the side.
“No one is disagreeing with the emphasis that Boris Johnson is putting on delivering Brexit as he sees it, but the point of the matter is we shouldn’t be putting additional risk in front of businesses.
“All of us should be focusing on this crisis, this is not a normal situation that we’re living through.
“The EU has made it clear that little progress has been made.
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“The sensible thing to do is to park this, let’s have an extension of an additional two years.
“Let’s get through this crisis that we’re in at the moment.”
He added: “We can come back to the Brexit negotiations when this is done.”
Host Mark Austin stepped in, saying: “But virtual negotiations are going on, there’s more planned in May and June.
“Surely another one or two years of transition will just frustrate 17.4 million people, lead to more uncertainty for business and just prolong the negotiations?”