Michael Gove has said on Sunday that the government are now “working on the assumption” there will be a no-deal Brexit.
However, Gove has said they are still aiming for a deal with Brussels, but he wrote in the Sunday Times that a “No-deal [Brexit] is now a very real prospect.
Boris Johnson appointed Gove as responsible for planning a no-deal Brexit, and is to chair meeting daily until Brexit is delivered.
He said that Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement will not be enough despite being accepted by the European Union.
He wrote in the newspaper, “You can’t just reheat the dish that’s been sent back and expect that will make it more palatable.”
Despite EU leaders and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator saying there will be no more negotiations on a new deal, Gove said they might yet open the idea of striking a new deal.
He said, “but we must operate on the assumption that they will not”.
“While we are optimistic about the future, we are realistic about the need to plan for every eventuality.”