Talks back on track
Gove positive about Brexit deal as EU changes tone
Michael Gove: ‘I’m confident there will be a deal‘
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove claims a “change of tone” in Brussels makes a free trade deal with the EU more likely.
While the UK government has continued to state publicly that a deal could be struck by the end of December deadline, Mr Gove’s comments to the media in Northern Ireland were interpreted as distinctly more positive than in recent months.
“I’m confident that there will be a deal, I think there has been a welcome change in tone over the last few weeks,” he told reporters in Portadown.
“The omens are good for a deal. Now of course there is some tough talking to do. I believe that there will be a successful negotiated outcome.”
His comments come amid indications that the EU is willing to compromise on its insistence that Britain complies with the bloc’s rules on state aid, according to sources who have spoken to the Reuters agency.