UK warns of wider disruption if businesses do not prepare for end of EU transition

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, leaves Number 10 Downing Street after attending a cabinet meeting in London, Britain February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain faces wider disruption at the end of its transition agreement with the European Union if businesses don’t take the deadline seriously and prepare for it, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told parliament on Wednesday.

“The consequences of a lack of business preparedness will be not just economic opportunities missed for those companies who don’t prepare, but potentially much wider disruption,” Gove said.

Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison