"I'm sure there will be bumpy moments but we are there in order to try to do everything we can to smooth the path."

Michael Gove, BBC Breakfast

December 28, 2020

Facts

In the run up to the EU referendum, Boris Johnson claimed that Brexit would allow for “frictionless trade” with the EU.

But after the deal was announced, Michael Gove, one of Johnson’s most senior ministers, told BBC Breakfast that “there will be bumpy moments but we are there in order to try to do everything we can to smooth the path."

He said: “We know that there will be some disruption as we adjust to new ways of doing business with the EU, so it is vital that we all take the necessary action now."

This is not the first time Micheal Gove has stated such a warning.

Verdict

Michael Gove was telling the truth. Boris Johnson’s claim before the referendum, that Britain would enjoy frictionless trade with the EU, turned out to be a fabrication. For more examples of false statements by Boris Johnson and his ministers about trade with the EU see here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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