Responding to news that Michael Gove says the Government has "formally confirmed" to the EU that the UK "will not extend the transition period and the moment for an extension has now passed," Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said:
"This is a monumental act of national self-harm. It confirms our worst fears that this Government is simply more concerned with politics and ideology than peoples lives and livelihoods.
"This stubborn refusal to extend the transition greatly increases the risk of a damaging No Deal Brexit. The Government hopes to hide the disaster of Brexit under the cover of COVID-19, but the public and businesses won't forgive them once the damage becomes clear.
"It is still not too late for the Government to change its mind - and for the sake of our country, our NHS and our economy, I urge them to do so."