June 12, 2020 / 11:51 AM / 25 days ago

Time for any Brexit extension has passed, UK minister Gove says

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not extend the transition period with the European Union beyond its year-end deadline, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Friday, adding the moment has now passed.

“I formally confirmed the UK will not extend the transition period & the moment for extension has now passed. On 1 January 2021 we will take back control and regain our political & economic independence,” Gove said on Twitter.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Kate Holton

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