August 6, 2019 / 11:59 AM / 19 days ago

Gove says Britain deeply saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Gove, the British minister responsible for planning for a no-deal Brexit, said on Tuesday he was saddened the European Union was refusing to reopen discussions on a divorce deal but that Britain remained open to negotiate a new agreement.

“I’m deeply saddened that the EU now seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK,” he told Sky News.

“The prime minister has been clear: he wants to negotiate a good deal with the European Union and he will apply all the energy of the government and ensure that in a spirit of friendliness we can negotiate a new deal.

“We do need a new approach. Whatever happens, while we remain ready and willing to negotiate, the EU must appreciate we are leaving on Oct. 31, deal or no deal.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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