At present, should no further progress be made in talks with Europe, the UK will leave the European customs union and revert to World Trade Organisation rules on imports and exports effective January 1st.
This an outcome the leader of the Scottish Nationalists, and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon sees as unacceptable claiming it would be “unconscionable” if the the UK did not extend its negotiating period and left the trading block without a deal.
In 2014, the Scottish public voted 55% to 44% to remain in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Sturgeon at the same time said the recent COVID worries affecting much of the UK “demands our 100% attention” although she did not offer advice to Mr. Johnson on how he could achieve both her demands at the same time.
Taking a more pragmatic course of action, the Prime Minister said the position of the UK is “unchanged,” adding that even though “(T)here are problems. It’s vital that everyone understands that the UK has got to be able to control its own laws completely, and also that we have got to be able to control our own fisheries.”
Mr. Johnson also said the UK would “prosper mightily”, regardless of how the UK leaves the EU.