MICHAEL GOVE hit out at Brussels for refusing to reopen Brexit talks last night.
The leading Cabinet minister said it was “wrong and sad” that the EU did not want to discuss a new deal with the UK.
Michael Gove said it was ‘wrong and sad’ the EU did not want to negotiate with the UK[/caption]
His comments came after European leaders finally realised that Boris is serious about leaving without an agreement – but still do not want to offer a new solution to the Irish border problem.
Speaking after a meeting of the daily Brexit “war cabinet”, Mr Gove said: “I’m deeply saddened the EU now seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK.
“The Prime Minister’s been clear, he wants to negotiate a good deal with the European Union and he will apply all the energy of the government and ensure that in a spirit of friendliness we can negotiate a new deal.”
Mr Gove – who as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is in charge of No Deal preparations across Government – added: “At the moment it’s the EU that seems to be saying they’re not interested’, they’re simply saying, ‘no, we don’t want to talk’.
There are many ways by which a No Deal can be avoided.
“Well I think that’s wrong and sad, it’s not in Europe’s interest.”
On a visit to Belfast, Ireland’s premier repeated the EU’s line that the Withdrawal Agreement could not be reopened.
Leo Varadkar said that a No Deal exit was not guaranteed, however.
“There are many ways by which a No Deal can be avoided. Either by the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, a further extension or revocation of Article 50.
“So, there are a number of ways that a No Deal can be avoided on the 31st of October. I am certainly not fatalistic about that.”
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But DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson urged Boris to channel the spirit of Margaret Thatcher in responding to Mr Varadkar’s suggestions.
“Revoking Article 50 means overturning the referendum result, accepting the current Withdrawal Agreement means you split up the UK, and the extension simply kicks the issue down the road until a new government comes in, which is what the EU would love to happen.
“None of them are realistic in any way, and the PM ought to do the same as Margaret Thatcher did and say ‘no, no, no’ to all of them.”
Leo Varadkar is still optimistic the UK can leave the EU with a deal[/caption]
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