After last week’s talks ended without significant progress in any area, there is real concern about the way in which the Government are trying to row back on the commitments that they made in the Political Declaration on the future UK/EU relationship, which was agreed with the EU as part of the ‘oven ready deal’ that Boris Johnson promised to deliver in last year’s election.
So today I pressed Michael Gove on the Government’s commitment to negotiate a trade deal with zero tariffs and zero quotas across all sectors; something that is crucial for jobs and the economy, particularly in sectors like manufacturing and farming.
This was a key promise at the General Election, but the UK’s Chief Negotiator David Frost wrote last week that “we would be willing to discuss a relationship that was based on less than that”. This morning, I pressed Gove on the conflict between Frost’s words and statements coming from Ministers.
You can watch our exchange below: