The British government reiterated on Friday its refusal to ask the European Union (EU) for an extension of the transition period, which ends on 31 December.

“I formally confirm that the UK will not extend the transition period and that the time for any extension has passed. On 1 January 2021 we will regain control and regain our political and economic independence,” said British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove on Twitter.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, with whom Gove met Friday in the EU-UK Joint Committee, said the British minister “could not have been clearer” about his country’s position that there would be no postponement.

In the current transition, the United Kingdom, which left the EU on 31 January, and the European bloc are negotiating a possible trade agreement that will govern the future relationship from next year, although recent rounds of contacts have not led to significant progress, both sides have acknowledged.

Next Monday, Boris Johnson will participate in a virtual summit with Von der Leyen, in order to break the deadlock in the current post-Brexit negotiations, days before June 31, the deadline that London would have to request an extension.

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