Boris Johnson must pause Brexit negotiations and focus on saving as many lives as possible, Ian Blackford MP has said in a letter to the Prime Minister.
The SNP Westminster Leader has called on Boris Johnson to seek an extension to the current Brexit transition phase to allow all resources and efforts to be focused on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Blackford criticised the UK government for the level of uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations and has called for urgent clarity.
Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:
“While the Prime Minister and I will never agree on Brexit, I hope we can at least agree that the Covid-19 crisis needs to be the priority.
“This isn’t about fighting old battles or rehearsing old arguments – it’s about recognising the needs of people right now.
“It is simply impossible for businesses and others to prepare for life outside the EU while coping with the impact of the coronavirus at the same time.
“The reality is that many will struggle to survive the second blow of a hard Brexit at the end of this year.
“This is not the time to pursue selfish and narrow political agendas.
“It’s time for the Prime Minister to face down the Brexiteers and ideologues in his own Cabinet and on his backbenches.”