Boris Johnson should adopt Queen’s flexible approach, allow more negotiating time - EU's Verhofstadt

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Guy Verhofstadt, Brexit coordinator of the European Parliament, today urged UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to adopt the Queen’s “flexible” approach and allow more negotiating time for a possible trade agreement with the European Union.

The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator said the Prime Minister should stand ready to extend the transition period beyond the end of the year – just as the Queen agreed to accommodate the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ wish to quit the Royal Family.

Addressing MEPs, he said Mr Johnson should “take an example” from the 93-year-old monarch who has allowed Harry and Meghan’s wish to create a new lift, in which they will divide their time between Britain and Canada in a transition period. Mr Verhofstadt said: “I ask a bit of flexibility from Prime Minister Johnson. Maybe he can take an example from the Queen.

“The Queen yesterday gave a transition period to leave to Harry and Meghan. So maybe some flexibility on the side of Mr Johnson could also be very useful.”

Mr Johnson has warned Brussels that he is not willing to extend the so-called Brexit transition period, under which the UK continues to follow EU rules, beyond the end of the year.

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