Brexit and EU trade deal are Boris Johnson's priorities, says Michael Gove

The top priority of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is to leave the European Union on January 31st, and to secure a new trade deal with the EU by the end of next year, cabinet office minister Michael Gove, who is likely to be the UK's lead trade negotiator with the EU, said on Sunday. 

After the Conservatives were re-elected last week with a strong majority of 80 seats, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pursue twin priorities in government to fulfil his promise to “get Brexit done”

“What I can absolutely confirm is that we’ll have an opportunity to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in relatively short order and then we will make sure that it passes before January 31st” Gove told Sky News. 

“We will have concluded our conversations with the EU about the new framework of free trade and friendly cooperation by the end of next year.” 

Gove also said the government’s top domestic priority would be shoring up the ailing National Health Service, seen by aides as essential to holding onto the support of traditional Labour Party-supporting voters in the north and central England who voted for the Conservatives in large numbers in last week's election.

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