Citizens of the United Kingdom found themselves today between the hammer and anvil, Brexit and coronavirus. The planned “divorce” from the European Union in itself does not bode well for the country – at least for the first few years, people will obviously have to tighten their belts. The Coronavirus pandemic makes the economic situation already depressing.
A survey conducted by the sociological service Focaldata showed that 64% of those surveyed approve of extending the EU exit transit period to enable the government to focus on fighting the epidemic.
A further 36% were in favor of leaving Europe on the appointed date of 31 December 2020. Voters of the Labour Party (84 percent) and the Liberal Democrats Party (83 percent) expressed the lion’s share of support for extending the transition period. It is noteworthy that almost half (44%) of the supporters of the Conservative Party and 19% of the supporters of the Brexit Party similarly supported the extension of the terms of exit from the European Union.
It also turned out that the British are expecting the government to decide to keep the country in the EU’s Early Warning and Response System (EWRS).
On Downing Street and in the Ministry of Health there have already been disputes on this issue on the wave of coronavirus outbreak. Health Minister Matt Hancock insisted that Britain should remain a member of the EWRS after the country leaves the EU. The Prime Minister rejected the proposal, despite the fact that 65 percent of Britons also favored the retention of their country’s membership in the EWRS.
The country’s medical leaders are seriously concerned that the gap with the EWRS, which is designed to share information and disease risk assessment within the EU, will put the health of British citizens at risk. This European institution has already played a positive role in the fight against the SARS virus epidemic.