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Ursual von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, spoke of her fondness for the UK this afternoon, as she spoke to an audience at the London School of Economics - where she formerly studied. She spoke of her sadness that Britain will be leaving the bloc and said Brexit day, January 31, would be a “tough and emotional day”. But the EU chief issued a harrowing warning to Boris Johnson, as she said that 11 months is not enough time to reach a comprehensive trade agreement with the UK and suggested an extension to the Brexit transition period is required.

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Speaking at the event, Ms von der Leyen said: “Without an extension of the transition period beyond 2020 you cannot expect to agree on every single aspect of our partnership. We will have to prioritise.

“We are prepared to design a new partnership with zero tariffs, zero quotas, zero dumping - a partnership that goes well beyond trade and is unprecedented in scope.”

The Commission President also warned there would be “consequences” to leaving the EU and that the UK would have to accept compromise.

She said: “Our partnership cannot and will not be the same as before.

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“It will not be as close as before because with every choice comes a consequence. With every decision, comes a trade-off.

“Without the free movement of people, you cannot have the free movement of capital, goods and services.

“Without a level playing field on environment, labour and state aid, you cannot have the highest quality access to the world’s largest single market.

“The more divergence there is, the more distant the partnership will be.”

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