October 22, 2019 / 6:27 PM / 22 days ago

UK minister Buckland offers assurance to wavering lawmakers on Brexit transition

FILE PHOTO: Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - British justice minister Robert Buckland said on Tuesday the government would bring forward a change to Brexit legislation to allow parliament a say on the merits of an extension to the transition period after exit.

Some lawmakers are concerned that if they back the deal, Britain could still leave the European Union without an agreement after the transition ends in December 2020 if a future trading partnership is not agreed with Brussels by July that year.

Some want to have an additional guarantee that if there is no future trading relationship by that date, the government will seek to extend the so-called transition.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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