The Irish Times view on Brexit: Delay is almost certain

Such is the speed with which coronavirus has hit that the dominant story of 2019 – Brexit – has disappeared from the headlines. However, as of now the UK is due to leave the so-called transition period at the end of this year, which is when it finally departs from the EU trading bloc and a range of other co-operative arrangements. It is the moment craved by the Brexit lobby, when the UK “escapes” from EU rules and the jurisdiction of the EU courts.

It now looks almost certain to be delayed, for two main reasons. The first is that the UK and EU governments will simply not have the time to conduct the necessary talks. Time was already short, but to suggest that any kind of a deal can now be worked out, with governments and public servants facing a massive public health crisis, is crazy.

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