‘We are going to leave on 31 October’ – Michael Gove
Michael Gove, one of the architects of Brexit, has insisted the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, saying it is the government’s “determined policy”.
“We are going to leave on October 31st, we have the means and ability to do so,” he told Sky News.
“People are trying to frustrate this process and drag it out. I think the mood in the country is clear. We must leave on October 31st.”
He says that if parliament passes all the Brexit legislation then the letter to the EU requesting an extension can be withdrawn.
However he claims that the Letwin amendment has actually increased the risk of a no-deal Brexit.
“We cannot guarantee the EU will grant an extension,” he says, adding that the government is preparing to trigger Operation Yellowhammer.