UK minister Gove says trade talks could go on beyond Christmas

Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove is seen in London
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove wearing a face mask is seen on his way to work in London, Britain, November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

December 17, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Senior British minister Michael Gove said on Thursday that Britain hoped to reach a trade deal with the European Union but that talks might go on until after Christmas.

“We will want to ensure the parliament has a say, and a chance to scrutinises any agreement that’s reached,” Gove told a parliamentary committee.

“So realistically it’s in the days immediately after Christmas,” he said of the deadline for agreement.

(Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by David Milliken)