A piece in the UK Times on COVID-19 and more from the United Kingdom
- A senior official at number 10 hinted privately, “We are ready to go.” David Frost, Johnson’s chief negotiator, told the cabinet on Thursday that Brussels is now “absolutely clear that we will not extend” the transition period beyond December 31 – a decision which, under EU law, EU, to be taken in June.
- Officials from the Cabinet Office and other departments who had been kidnapped to work on the Covid-19 crisis quietly returned to preparing for Brexit without a trade agreement.
- A leaked Treasury document, which put this year’s deficit at £ 337 billion,
- The Treasury is concerned that the Prime Minister’s team appears to believe that most of the costs can be borne by the loan.
The article does not appear to be blocked, unusual for The Times, link.
Lots of UK / GBP news this weekend, earlier:
GBP is under pressure early here in Asia: