Boris Johnson has announced it is highly likely he won’t secure a trade deal with the EU by 31 December – the deadline for the UK’s transition period with the EU.

A year ago, at the election, Boris Johnson and the Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales told us they had an ‘oven baked’ deal ready with the EU.

Conservative MPs are now saying that was just about the terms of leaving.

The point of the transition period was to prepare individuals and businesses for what comes next. But yet again, Boris Johnson’s failure to take an active role until this week, has left them uncertain what they are preparing for.

With, or without a deal, there are likely to be big changes for us all after 31 December, from border checks to the price and availability of food and goods.

Boris Johnson’s last-minute talks are deeply disrespectful to all of us whose lives will be impacted in some way. But mostly, to the many businesses in Derbyshire Dales who are again facing the unknown and avoidable uncertainty, because the Conservative government have failed to provide a clear a plan.

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