Michael Gove’s deputy welcomes Norway-style deal with EU if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is blocked

Michael Gove’s deputy has spoken out in favour of a Norway-style arrangement with the European Union if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is blocked by MPs.

George Eustice, a Brexiteer who is a senior minister in the environment department, said there was “growing momentum” behind a plan to remain part of the European Economic Area, outside of the EU, under which he said the UK would have “full control over our farming and fisheries” as well as its trade policy with the rest of the world.

His intervention follows reports that Mr Gove, the Environment Secretary and a leading pro-Leave campaigner, had held talks with colleagues about adopting a Norway-style “plan B” if Mrs May’s deal collapses.

The arrangement…


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