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The Independent

Brexit: Michael Gove fails to call single change that has ‘made enterprise simpler’

Michael Gove has failed to call a single change from Brexit that has “made enterprise simpler”, as criticism of the economic harm from the trade deal grows.

The main campaigner for EU withdrawal was requested six occasions to set out how the promised “transformation of our economic system” has been achieved – six years after the Go away vote.

Mr Gove pointed to reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and gene-editing, in addition to freedom for the UK to “make our rivers cleaner, our air purer, our soil extra resilient” as advantages of Brexit.

However he was accused of failing to determine any change that has “made the life of companies simpler by leaving the EU”, being informed, on BBC Radio 4: “If I used to be from the CBI, I is perhaps tempted to say ‘is that it?’”

The main enterprise group has hit out on the punishing limitations from ending frictionless commerce with the EU, which is forecast to set off a 4 per cent GDP droop.

However Rishi Sunak, fearing assaults from Tory right-wingers, has rejected calls to soften the terms of the Christmas 2020 trade deal – or extra short-term visas for badly-needed staff.

On Radio 4, Mr Gove, the levelling up secretary, was requested: “How have you ever made the life of companies simpler by leaving the EU?”

He pointed to having “removed the Frequent Agricultural Coverage” and the UK being “in charge of our personal migration coverage”, however was informed: “That could be good in its personal proper, however doesn’t assist enterprise.”

Mr Gove argued eradicating EU agriculture guidelines would assist the food and drinks trade – “our greatest manufacturing sector” – despite the fact that it has been hit hardest by the new trade barriers.

“With gene modifying, which goes to be a big financial improvement that may assist us develop, we are actually making a legislative framework that may permit companies in that space and life sciences to develop,” he stated.

Nick Robinson, the Immediately programme presenter, informed Mr Gove: “If I used to be from the CBI, I is perhaps tempted to say ‘Is that it? This nice transformation of our economic system promised six years in the past – and also you’re saying it’s the tip of the CAP’”

Mr Gove is the second main Brexit campaigner to wrestle to determine any financial advantages, after David Davis admitted there have been “no major” gains.

The previous Brexit secretary claimed the UK started supply of Covid vaccines in 2020 earlier than the remainder of Europe – though it’s strongly disputed that this was a Brexit freedom.

A report that the UK will search “Swiss-style deal” has threatened to reignite the Tories’ Brexit wars, despite the fact that the EU is unlikely to make any such provide.

The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has claimed the “overwhelming majority” of cross-Channel commerce limitations might be eliminated, with out explaining how.

However Mr Sunak insisted: “Let me be unequivocal about this. Underneath my management, the UK won’t pursue any relationship with Europe that depends on alignment with EU legal guidelines.”

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