Michael Gove erupts at Brussels as he exposes EU’s desperate ‘kidology’ trade deal tactics

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The Brexit divorce deal agreed last year must fully enter force and is a top priority for the bloc as it looks to forge a new relationship with Britain, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Thursday. But Michael Gove has claimed Brussels is trying to “worry” British voters and politicians. Speaking to the Blue Collar Consverative conference, he said: “One of the things about these negotiations is that the EU has this sort of ‘kidology’ approach.

“They try to use tactics to make voters in Britain and British politicians worried.

“I think one of the reasons they’re coming out with this now is because they know that in these negotiations we have stood firm throughout.

“They’re trying to say to EU politicians, ‘the Brits are wobbling on this’ – we’re not!

“The thing about all these negotiations is when the EU were talking about us making concessions, they’re the ones who are making concessions.”

He added: “The Prime Minister was perfectly clear that we were prepared to be criticised by everyone in order to safeguard the UK and to deliver Brexit.

“The SW1 bubble were all criticising the Prime Minister but I think people across the country, certainly my family and friends, thank heavens Boris is standing up.

“The whole point of the internal market bill is to say to the EU, ‘look, you have not been playing fair’.”

It comes as the European Commission has begun legal proceedings against the UK after the Government refused to withdraw plans to override key elements of the Brexit divorce settlement.

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said a “letter of formal notification” would be sent to the UK after ministers rejected a demand to withdraw the provisions from the UK Internal Market Bill by Wednesday of this week.

In a press statement at the commission headquarters in Brussels, she said the move marked the first step in an “infringement procedure” with the British Government now invited to send its observations within the month.

“This draft Bill is by its very nature a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down in the withdrawal agreement,” she said.

“The deadline lapsed yesterday, the problematic provisions have not been removed, therefore the commission has decided this morning to send a letter of formal notice to the UK Government.


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“This is the first step in an infringement procedure. The letter invites the UK Government to send its observations within a month.”

Mrs von der Leyen gave no indication as to what action could follow if the commission did not receive a satisfactory response, although under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU could take Britain to the European Court of Justice.

A Government spokesman said they would respond to the letter “in due course”.

The Government has argued the Bill – which gives ministers the power override provisions in the withdrawal agreement relating to Northern Ireland – is necessary to protect the peace process if there is no agreement on a post-Brexit free trade agreement.

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