Michael Gove hailed the Brexit deal negotiated by Theresa May as a tremendous success.
“The EU divorce bill is only £350 a week for a couple of years,” said the Environment Secretary, “and then we get back control.”
Mr Gove, one of the Cabinet’s leading Brexiteers, said the primary agreement between the two sides had set the scene for the ‘Phase Two’ negotiations.
“It’s then that the really big issues such as visiting rights and organising the annual reunion dinner will be discussed,” said Gove.
“The Prime Minister wants to continue her walking holidays in Bavaria every year and the President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker still wants to be able to visit Britain for his annual pub crawls.
“Then there is the annual reunion dinner to be discussed. Where it will take place and of course who will pay for it.
“These are substantive matters that have to be negotiated and agreed before we finally leave the EU.”