‘Penny is dropping!’ Gove warns ‘movement’ is needed from EU as Brexit deal on brink

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Speaking to BBC News political editor Laura Kuenssberg, the Cabinet Office Minister said the EU’s Brexit position in the negotiations with the UK continues to be “wholly unrealistic”. In a stern warning to Brussels negotiators, Mr Gove said the UK “on course to be ready to take advantages of all the opportunities of being outside the EU”.

He added: “One of the arguments we have always made is that by choosing to leave the European Union we became a sovereign equal – and it’s absolutely important that the EU recognise that.

“I think the penny is dropping but negotiations are going on at the moment in order to make sure that those final areas of disagreement are finally resolved.”

Mr Gove insisted there is a “complete focus” in Government on coronavirus, Brexit and delivering on the manifesto, despite the turmoil in Downing Street.

He told the BBC: “There’s a complete focus in Government on making sure we can work with business and work with citizens in order to deliver on the promise of Brexit and to take advantage of the opportunities of being outside the European Union.”

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