The Telegraph, June 14
Boris Johnson is to warn Ursula von der Leyen that the UK will be ready to become fully independent on January 1, 2021 “whatever happens”, as he urges the EU to agree a trade deal by the end of the summer.
Meanwhile, polling of so-called Red Wall seats in the Midlands and the North found that half of people in those battleground constituencies believe the transition period should end on December 31 or sooner, compared to 42 per cent who said it should be extended. The Savanta ComRes polling was carried out for the new Centre for Brexit Policy, whose chairman, Owen Paterson, said: “We must honour the trust that voters placed in our party, many of whom had never previously voted Conservative.”
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