Ensuring the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

Today I asked these question in Parliament.

Darren Henry (Broxtowe) (Con)

What steps he is taking to ensure that the transition period ends on 31 December 2020

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Michael Gove)

The transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Under no circumstances will the Government accept an extension. Indeed, we have a domestic law obligation not to accept. Extending would simply delay the moment at which we achieve what we want and what the country voted for: our economic and political independence.

Darren Henry

I am keen to ensure that new arrangements following the end of the transition period work for small businesses in Broxtowe. Will my right hon. Friend outline what steps he is taking to support small businesses facing considerable uncertainty over their future because of the covid-19 pandemic and the end of the Brexit transition period?

Michael Gove

My hon. Friend is right that small and medium-sized enterprises face particular challenges at this time, and that is one reason the Government are doing everything they can to ensure that customs intermediaries and others who can support small businesses to continue to export—indeed, to enlarge their export profile—are put in place.