London welcomes Brussels request to wait to ratify Brexit trade deal

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Britain has agreed to the European Union’s request to delay ratification of its post-Brexit trade deal until April 30, British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said on Monday.

Earlier this month, the EU had asked the United Kingdom to take extra time to ratify the agreement, extending its provisional application until April 30, in order to guarantee its drafting in the 24 languages ​​of the bloc for parliamentary scrutiny. .

In a letter addressed to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, Gove wrote: “I can confirm that the United Kingdom is happy to accept that the date on which provisional application will no longer be used (…) is extended to 30 April 2021 “.

He also said that his country hopes there will be no further delays. (Information by Elizabeth Piper; edited by William James; translated by Flora Gómez at the Gdansk newsroom)

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