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Brexit: Michael Gove fails to name single change that has ‘made business easier’

Michael Gove has failed to call one change from Brexit “making business easier”, as criticism grows of the economic damage from the trade deal.

The leading campaigner for Brexit has been asked six times to explain how the promised “turnaround in our economy” has been achieved – six years after the Leave vote.

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Mr Gove cited reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and gene editing, as well as the UK’s freedom to “make our rivers cleaner, our air fresher and our soils looser” as benefits of Brexit.

But he was accused of failing to identify any change that “made business life easier by leaving the European Union,” it was said, in the BBC Radio 4: “If you were a CBI, he might be tempted to say ‘Is that it?'” “

The leading business group has struck down punitive barriers from ending frictionless trade with the European Union, which is expected to result in a 4 percent drop in GDP.

But Rishi Sunak, fearing attacks from right-wing Tories, has rejected calls for a relaxation of the terms of the Christmas 2020 trade deal – or more short-term visas for desperately needed workers.

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on me Radio 4Mr Gove, the settlement secretary, was asked: “How have you made business life easier by leaving the EU?”

He noted “getting rid of the CAP” and that the UK “dominates our immigration policy”, but was told: “That may be good in itself, but it doesn’t help business”.

Goff argued that removing EU farming rules would help the food and beverage industry – “our largest manufacturing sector” – even though it has been hit hard by the new trade barriers.

“With genetic modification, which will be an important economic development that will help us grow, we are now creating a legislative framework that will allow companies in this field and life sciences to grow,” he said.

“If you were a CBI, he might be inclined to say ‘Is this it? This big turnaround in our economy that we promised six years ago – and you say it’s the end of the JCPOA.”

Mr Gove is the second leading Brexiteer to struggle to identify any economic benefits, after David Davis admitted there were no “significant” gains.

The former Brexit minister claimed the UK started delivering Covid vaccines in 2020 ahead of the rest of Europe – although this was hotly contested as a free Brexit.

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A report that the UK will seek a “Swiss-style deal” has threatened to reignite the Brexit wars, although the EU is unlikely to make any such offer.

The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, claimed that the “vast majority” of cross-channel trade barriers could be removed, without saying how.

But Mr Sunak insisted: “Let me be unequivocal about this. Under my leadership, the UK will not seek any relationship with Europe that is dependent on conforming to EU laws.”

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