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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, argued it would be difficult to proceed unless the EU moved on the Brexit talks. While speaking on Times Radio with host Stig Abell, Mr Gove argued that the UK could not move any more in the Brexit talks. Mr Gove also did not answer how confident he was that a Brexit trade deal would be agreed.
Mr Abell said: “It is December 9 and we haven’t yet got a deal.
“There is a dinner tonight between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen.
“You have been as optimistic as saying 66 percent likelihood of getting a deal, how optimistic are you as of right now?”
Mr Gove said: “We are so close to December 31 that I will move away from setting percentages to instead saying what I will be doing is hoping.
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“I will be hoping that on the EU’s side we get the movement that we need in order to get the deal that we want to.”
The TimesRadio host asked whether there would be a no deal scenario unless the EU decided to move on some of their red lines.
Mr Gove refused to clarify whether this would be the case, however.
He said: “Unless we see some movement from the EU’s side it will be very difficult.
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“For many people, the Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that we have a deal that protects UK sovereignty.
“We can’t have a deal that ties us into EU legislation or indeed means that the UK could face retaliatory measures as a result of preserving its own freedoms.”
Mr Abell replied: “So we can’t move any further?
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Mr Gove replied: “Well, the EU has to move but again the Prime Minister and European Commission President will be meeting tonight.
“We want to make sure that they meet in circumstances that allow for a deal to be done.”
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister admitted that getting a Brexit deal was proving difficult.
However, he admitted that he was still hopeful that a deal could be agreed and was hoping to make progress in his in-person talks with Ursula von der Leyen.
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