The PM made it clear she was ready to accept a 'hard-Brexit' when the Government’s Brexit blueprint was unveiled, declaring no deal was better than a bad deal.
Mr Gove revealed such measures may prove unnecessary as he said European Union politicians said in private they want to move on as soon as possible to get a stable relationship with the UK post-Brexit.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the Brexiteer said he did not believe Britain would be punished for leaving and the Government could strike a deal within the two-year time line set out by Article 50.
Britain will get a good Brexit deal, Michael Gove has insisted
Mr Gove said: “No I don’t think that will happen. I think it is certainly the case that at the moment some European Union leaders are worried about the prospect of other countries quitting.
“I’m very positive. I’ve had the chance to talk to, in private, some European politicians and their tone in private is different from that in public.
“In public, they express regret and they say it will be a difficult journey. In private, they are very pragmatic.
“They want to ensure we move on as quickly as possible to a stable new relationship between Britain and the EU and one that doesn’t harm them economically.”
In private, they are very pragmatic
The former secretary of state for justice said he was delighted with Article 50 being set to be triggered later this month, but added he believed the UK would leave as soon as the referendum results came in.
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“I’m delighted and to be honest I thought that actually from the moment that the referendum result came in on the morning of June 24 last year we were going to leave the European Union,” Mr Gove said.
“But all credits to Theresa May, the way in which she’s handled things subsequently has reassured those of us who voted leave that she is committed to making it a success, while at the same time also ensuring the whole who voted Remain appreciate that their interests and their concerns will be addressed as well.”
The EU is set to hold an emergency summit in response to Mrs May’s announcement she will be triggering Article 50 on March 29.
Donald Tusk, president of the EU council, said: “I would like to inform you that I will call a European council on Saturday 29th April to adopt the guidelines for the Brexit talks.
Brexit: Results of how the UK voted Mon, March 20, 2017
Much of the North East of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union including Sunderland, Gateshead, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside, and Northumberland
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GREAT YARMOUTH: The town of Great Yarmouth on the East Coast of England voted by 72% to leave the European Union.
"I personally wish the UK hadn’t chosen to leave the EU but the majority of British voters decided otherwise. We must do everything we can to make the divorce the least painful for the EU.
“Our main priority for the negotiations must be to create as much certainty and clarity as possible for all citizens, companies and member states that will be negatively affected by Brexit.”
It comes as the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, warned EU states it would be “self-defeating” if they gave Britain a bad Brexit deal.
He said: “The UK may have voted to leave the EU, but we will never leave Europe. Our partners across the continent will remain among our closest friends and allies in commerce, security and many other ways. We want to realise a new relationship with Europe, based on free trade and prosperity."