Brexit deal DELAY: EU set to push back date before agreement fully in force

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The European Commission will asked the Government for extra time to allow member states and MEPs longer to scrutinise the 1,246-page Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Sources say Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic could make an official request to Michael Gove as early as tomorrow when they meet in London for a session of the Brexit Joint Committee. The top eurocrat was said to be pondering to delay the ratification process until April 30, according to insiders.

The Brexit trade treaty is currently provisionally applied to allow the European Parliament time to examine the agreement before taking a final vote to approve it.

Brussels had previously said the process would be complete by February 28, a date agreed with Westminster.

Cabinet Office minister Mr Gove and leader negotiator Lord Frost have both questioned why the EU would need longer than agreed to sign off on the pact.

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