October 21, 2019 / 5:40 PM / 24 days ago

UK's Gove says stepping up no-deal contingency planning

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove leaves the Houses of Parliament as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British minister Michael Gove said the European Union had not yet responded to the government’s request for a Brexit delay, and that he must now step up contingency planning because of the increased possibility Britain leaves without a deal on Oct. 31.

“I must, I fear, take the appropriate steps now to prepare for the increased possibility that the legal default position will follow and we will leave on Oct. 31 without a deal,” Gove told parliament on Monday.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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