Comments from Boris Johnson's press secretary

Boris Johnson has a lot on his plate at the moment.

  • Gov't working closely with international partners to minimize travel disruption
  • People should stop panic buying, we have resilient supply chains
  • Cases of new variant have been found in Gibraltar, Denmark, Australia
  • Post-Brexit transition period will end Dec 31
  • Significant gaps remain in talks, Britain will continue to work to bridge those gaps
  • UK would need to ratify any agreement before Jan 1. Time is in very short supply

You start to get the sense that the UK decision-making apparatus could be quickly overwhelmed.