Commenting on negotiations on Thursday, Mr Gove stated it would be difficult to agree a free trade deal by the end of the year unless a broad agreement is reached by October. Both sides have been locked in negotiations but so far no substantive progress has been made on a free trade deal. Mr Gove said: “If we haven’t secured significant progress by October, then it will be difficult.”
The two sides, however, met earlier this week via video conference where it was agreed talks would be expedited from next month.
If a deal is reached, the EU would need the agreement to be ratified by every member state.
Speaking on LBC radio today, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab also stated: “We’ve agreed on both sides to energise and intensify the talks.
“We don’t want to hang around – we’re not going to wait for this to be dragged out into the autumn and the winter.”
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