December 17, 2019 / 7:55 AM / a month ago

Gove says UK will get EU trade deal by end of 2020

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove arrives at the Cabinet Office in London, Britain, December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday that the government was committed to securing a trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020.

Britain is due to leave the EU on Jan. 31 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to legislate to prevent any extension to the transition period beyond the end of next year.

“We are going to make sure that we get this deal done in time,” Gove told BBC TV. “We will get a deal, and the political declaration commits both sides to that.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton

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