Speaking during The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Marr asked: “What we have in front of the country is the Chequers compromise. Can I ask you if that goes through – big if – if it is brought back and is voted on, is that permanent or is it a temporary solution?”
After Mr Gove failed to address the question at hand, Mr Marr was forced to ask again: “Ok, you’ve eloquently and fluently refused to answer my question. Is it permanent or is it temporary?”
But the Tory frontbencher defended his response, saying: “No, I think it’s the right answer. A future Prime Minister could always choose to alter the relationship between Britain and the European Union but the Chequers approach is the right one for now.
“I think it’s the right solution for this country, to leave the European Union on the basis of what we’ve negotiated and I think it’s absolutely right because we would be outside the single market, we would be outside the customs union, we would be outside the Common Agricultural Policy and outside the Common Fisheries Policy.”
Theresa May has been facing mounting pressure from Tory and Labour alike to shelve her proposal and seek an alternative meeting the demands of Leave voters across the country.
Mr Gove insisted the Government must “respect the vote” to embrace the opportunities independence from the EU offers to Britain.
He continued: “We’ve got to make sure that we respect that vote and take advantage of the opportunities of being outside of the European Union.
“This week, as Environment Secretary, I had the opportunity to explain in detail how we can enhance our environment and improve food production outside the European Union on the basis of the deal that the Prime Minister has put forward.”
He added: “Now, the responsibility is on the European Union because we have shown flexibility. We need to put the focus on them.”
Concerned MPs have revealed they are willing to call off their mutiny against the Prime Minister if she sets out her intentions to step down before the next general election.
They insisted they will not rebel against Mrs May if she agrees to indicate that she will step aside and leave Number 10 before the next election.
One Tory MP told The Sun: “She needs to chuck Chequers first and then throw us a bone about her own future.
“It does nothing to help her position when aides brief that she intends to stay on to fight the 2022 election.”
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