Today, Liam Fox, the Trade Minister of the United Kingdom, said that it is not possible that the European Union will offer Britain a long delay to Brexit due to the upcoming European elections.
Fox said that it was still “entirely possible” that the United Kingdom leaves the bloc as scheduled on the 29th of March, however, he said that an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period may be needed in order to deliver a smooth exit from the bloc.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has said that any extension should not be beyond the end of June.
During an interiew with BBC TV, Fox was asked how he would react if the European Union insisted on a much longer delay of 21 months or two years. He answered: “I would be shocked because I think it is actually not a possible outcome.”
He added: “The European Union does not want Britain to fight the European elections.”
His remarks come after he was mocked after his department spent around £107,000 on a podcast series that was only downloaded 8,400 times.
The “Local to Global” programme of the Department for International Trade (DIT) was hosted by Apprentice star Nick Hewer. It was intended to encourage British companies to export after Brexit, using a blend of “personal stories and memorable moments.”
However, it was revealed that the six-episode series only racked up 8,398 downloads. Reportedly, it costs the taxpayer approximately £12.70 per listen.
In an interview with the the Daily Mirror, Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat MP who revealed the figures through a parliamentary question, stated: “This vanity project is a complete waste of money.”
She added: “A bit Like Liam Fox’s trade deals the government has quite simply poured money down the drain. Wherever you look the Conservatives have made a terrible mess out Brexit , this is the cherry on the cake.”
She continued:“Rather than wasting its time on poorly executed propaganda projects the Government should be spending money on our struggling public services.”