The government is prepared to spend “whatever it takes” to ensure Britain is prepared for a no-deal Brexit, Michael Gove has said.
“The government has done a lot to prepare but there is still a lot to do,” Gove – who is responsible for no-deal preparations – told reporters in Northern Ireland.
Gove, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, also said it was “eminently doable” for Britain to leave the EU with a revised deal.
The government pledged last week to spend an extra £2.1bn on planning for no deal, which prime minister Boris Johnson has committed to unless the EU is willing to negotiate Theresa Mays withdrawal agreement.
Johnson sent a letter to all civil servants today that said: “Preparing urgently and rapidly for the possibility of an exit without a deal will be my top priority”.
It also emerged today that Downing Street had cancelled all leave for government advisers until 31 October, increasing speculation that the government is planning a snap election in the aftermath of a no-deal Brexit.
Gove added that the government will ensure that “commerce continues to flow” on the island of Ireland if a no-deal Brexit occurs.
The minister added that the UK is still in discussions with the EU over a withdrawal agreement.
He did not elaborate on what could replace the so-called Irish backstop when questioned by media,Read More – Source