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10 December, 2017 12:01:56 AM
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Michael Gove says UK voters can change final deal

"If the British people dislike the arrangement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge"
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Michael Gove says UK voters can change final deal

LONDON: Voters can use the next general election to have their say on a final Brexit deal, Michael Gove has said, reports BBC.

The environment secretary praised Theresa May's "tenacity and skill" in securing a last-minute deal to end phase one negotiations on Friday.

But, writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said if British people "dislike the arrangement", they can change it.

Reports suggest the cabinet will meet on 19 December to discuss its "end state" plans for Brexit.

This is just two days before Parliament's two-week Christmas recess.

Mr Gove, one of the cabinet's leading Brexiteers, said the primary agreement between the two sides had "set the scene for phase two" negotiations - where issues such as trade will be discussed.

But he said that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed" at the end of the process.

After a two-year transition period, the UK would be able to pass laws with "full freedom to diverge from EU law on the single market and customs union," he added. And the British people would "be in control" to make the government change direction if they were unhappy, he said. "By the time of the next election, EU law and any new treaty with the EU will cease to have primacy or direct effect in UK law," said Mr Gove.

"If the British people dislike the arrangement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge."

The next general election is currently due to be held in 2022, three years after the UK leaves the EU.

However, it could be sooner if the prime minister calls one, and MPs agree to it, or if the government collapses.

The former Conservative leader, Iain Duncan Smith, said the next phase - the trade discussions - would be the "bruising but vital bit".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday's deal was a "breakthrough" and he was confident EU leaders would approve it at a European Council summit next week.

Three million EU citizens currently in the UK would be allowed to continue living and working there.

Those already in the country, without permanent residency, would be able to acquire it after Brexit.

The one million or so UK citizens living in an EU country after Brexit would get the same rights, under the agreement.

It also includes reunification rights for relatives who do not live in the UK to join them in their host country in the future The so-called "divorce bill" will amount to between £35bn and £39bn, Downing Street sources say. This includes budget contributions during a two-year "transition" period after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

The precise figure is unlikely to be known for some time.

Irish border: There will be no "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The UK government and the EU want to maintain the free flow of goods, without border checks that they fear could threaten a return to The Troubles, but the DUP does not want Northern Ireland to be treated differently to the rest of the UK after Brexit.

EA

 

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