London “formally” ruled out asking for an extension that would allow its representatives more time to reach a permanent deal with the EU on their post-Brexit relationship. UK’s Michael Gove, a Cabinet minister in charge of post-Brexit ties with the EU, said “the moment for extension has now passed.” In order to avoid a no-deal scenario, the two sides would need to negotiate a new permanent accord in the coming months, authorize it and put into force before the current temporary deal is set to expire on January 1 next year. Read more: Germany urges UK to be ‘more realistic’ on Brexit “On January 1, 2021 we will take back control and regain our political and economic independence,” Gove wrote on Twitter on Friday. Also on Friday, the UK government announced that it would introduce border checks in stages after January 1, going back on an original plan to that would impose full control on EU goods after the temporarily deal expires. Instead, UK importers of most EU goods would be able to delay submitting customs declarations or pay tariffs for the six months, although they would be required to keep customs records. Full checks are expected to be put in… Read full this story
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