Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove has urged Eurosceptic Conservative MPs to back a compromise Brexit plan as the best chance of a “proper” exit from the European Union.
Gove, one of the highest-profile Brexit campaigners in the cabinet, on Sunday endorsed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to keep Britain in a free trade zone for goods with the EU.
The minister said he was a “realist” and dismissed claims it would leave the UK as a “vassal state.”
“I am a realist,” Gove told the BBC.
“One of the things about politics is that you mustn’t, you shouldn’t, make the perfect the enemy of the good. And one of the things about this compromise is that it unites the cabinet,” he added.
But he also told the EU to be more generous or Britain could walk away without a deal.
Prime Minister May is likely to tell MPs in the House of Commons on Monday that her plan will mean “a complete end to freedom of movement,” restore the “supremacy of the British courts” and ensure no more “vast sums of money” would be sent to Brussels.
“I have listened to every possible idea and every possible version of Brexit. This is the right Brexit,” she is expected to say.
On Friday, May managed to secure a cabinet agreement for her Brexit plans aimed at pressing for “a free trade area for goods” with the EU.
May persuaded the most vocal Brexit campaigners in her cabinet to support her plans during an hours-long meeting at her Chequers country residence.
The proposal, which states Britain’s large services sector will not have the current levels of access to EU markets, will not come soon enough for Brussels, which has been pressing May to come up with a detailed vision for future relations.
Ministers outlined the government’s position in a document, saying they had agreed that an earlier proposal made to the EU “needed to evolve in order to provide a precise, responsible and credible basis for progressing negotiations”.
The new proposal would see Britain having a “common rulebook for all goods” in a combined customs territory and would enable Britain to set its own import tariffs and seal new free trade deals.