The door is still open to reach an agreement with Europe on a post-Brexit trade deal. This is what the British Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Michael Gove, told the British broadcaster BBC on Sunday. The chances of an agreement have become smaller, he adds on Sky Channel. Brussels is not ready to reach a compromise, he says.
Previously, Gove had estimated the chances of a deal before the end of the year at 66 percent. “Now that chance is less,” Gove told Sky.
The minister puts the ball on the European side. European negotiator Michel Barnier decides whether or not there is an agreement and Europe must change its position. According to Gove, Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost should telephone in the coming days to discuss the further course of the talks.
If Britain can’t regain full sovereignty, London won’t hesitate to opt for a no-deal scenario, according to Gove. Such a scenario is unacceptable to the business world.
Since the UK officially ended membership of the European Union earlier this year, dozens of negotiators on both sides of the Channel have worked on a comprehensive UK-EU trade deal. This should prevent the British from abruptly falling out of the European single market and the customs union at the end of the transition period on January 1, 2021.