Gove backed ‘non-Brexit’ Brexit 1 year ago — before May’s Chequers Deal.

Graham Lear
2 min readJun 20, 2019

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OH YES WEASEL GOVE THE BACKSTABBER backed ‘non-Brexit’ Brexit 1 year ago before May’s Chequers Deal. Does anyone trust Michael Gove to deliver a true Brexit? Fools if you do.

What Michael Gove said one year ago, in June 2018

As the Conservative leadership contest reaches its Parliamentary dénouement today, lets looks at the third-placed candidate, Michael Gove.

Gove’s non-Brexit Brexit

  1. One year ago, Gove put forward to MPs what he saw as a way to avoid a “no deal” exit

2. His idea involved staying in the EEA and therefore staying in the Single Market

3. It involved continued free movement of people

4. It included staying under the jurisdiction of a foreign court

5. And he expounded all of this before Mrs. May’s disastrous ‘Chequers Deal’

On 25 June 2018, Gove was addressing the ‘Green Chip Dining Group’, a collection of ‘moderate’ Conservative MPs and peers which he helped to set up. The idea which Gove put forward was continued membership of the EEA — the European Economic Area.

So surprising was it to hear the self-styled ‘starter of Brexit’ expounding on this non-Brexit idea, that details were leaked by attendees to the strongly pro-EU Financial Times.

Here is what one MP who attended the dinner told the FT:-

“He [Michael Gove] was steering the conversation towards the EEA idea. There’s no doubt about that.”

The FT also reported that a fellow minister had taken to referring jokily to the Environment Secretary as

“St Michael of the EEA”

The FT did not reveal the above information until August — after May’s Chequers surrender treaty had been launched — in an apparent attempt to embarrass Gove.

When asked by the Press Association if the reports about him backing a non-Brexit EEA plan were true, Gove replied: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” In the trade this is known as a non-denial denial.

Today, in a morning and then an afternoon ballot, the field will be whittled down to just two candidates. Under the current arrangements, we will then be forced to endure four wasted weeks of public hustings before the leader is finally announced in late July.

Sajid Javid voted Remain in the Referendum and is not PM material. Jeremy Hunt voted Remain and is therefore unsuitable on these grounds alone. Michael Gove voted Leave, but in my view has shown himself to be untrustworthy.

That just leaves Boris. Not ideal from a Brexit point of view, but most definitely the best of a bad bunch.

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Graham Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.