Government’s priority is to leave EU on January 31, secure trade deal – Gove

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove speaks during a final general election campaign event in London, Britain, December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) – The top priority of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is to leave the European Union on Jan. 31 and secure a new trade deal with the EU by the end of next year, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Sunday.

After the Conservatives were re-elected last week with a majority of 80 seats, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pursue twin priorities in government – to fulfill his promise to “get Brexit done” and plough money into Britain’s health service.

“What I can absolutely confirm is that we’ll have an opportunity to vote on the Withdrawal Ag


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