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“Brexit deadline not fixed date,” Gove

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Published on June 09, 2019 with No Comments

British Conservative leadership contender Michael Gove has said he regards the UK’s 31 October Brexit deadline as “arbitrary” and is “not wedded” to it.

He told an event in London the UK must not be bound by a “fixed” date if it needs slightly more time to get a deal. But he insisted any further delay would be a matter of weeks, not months. Other candidates, including Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, insist the UK must leave on 31 October whether it has approved a deal with Brussels or not.

The UK was originally meant to leave on 29th March. That was then pushed back to 12 April and eventually Halloween after Theresa May failed to get MPs to approve her withdrawal agreement.

Eleven Tory candidates are seeking to succeed Mrs May as Tory leader and prime minister, with the winner of the contest to be announced at the end of July.

How the next prime minister gets a Brexit deal through Parliament and whether they would countenance a no-deal exit has been the dominant question of the campaign so far.

 

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