Britain’s top minister overseeing the post-Brexit talks said on Friday that progress had been made with the European Union, and that he thinks the two sides will clinch a ‘free’ trade agreement.
All the evidence is that we are making progress with the EU, Michael Gove told reporters in Northern Ireland. “I believe that there will be a successful negotiated outcome.”
The tone of the comments from Gove was distinctly more positive than in recent months, Reuters said. In late May, Gove was demanding that the EU break the impasse in talks.
Brussels is willing to compromise by softening its demand that Britain heed EU rules on state aid in the future, diplomatic sources said earlier in June, 2020.
The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020, and is currently going through a transition period lasting until December 31, 2020. Until then, London and Brussels will be trying to negotiate further arrangements.
The United Kingdom is ready to terminate the transition period on “Australia terms” if London and Brussels fail to reach an agreement on their future relations.
The UK and the EU issued a joint statement earlier this month, stressing that they are not going to extend the transition period beyond 31 December, 2020.
The United Kingdom left the European Union in January, completing a process that began with the Brexit referendum held in June 2016.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.