After Mr Gove met with European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic, the Cabinet Office said a “flexible and pragmatic approach” would now see border checks between Britain and the EU introduced in three stages.
Mr Gove said: ”We have informed the EU today that we will not extend the transition period. The moment for extension has now passed.
“At the end of this year, we will control our own laws and borders, which is why we are able to take the sovereign decision to introduce arrangements in a way that gives businesses impacted by coronavirus time to adjust.”
Opposition MPs have been pushing for the transition period to be extended, with the Scottish and Welsh first ministers writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon and Wales’s Mark Drakeford wrote to the Prime Minister calling for an extension past January 1.
They wrote: “We believe that exiting the transition period at the end of the year would be extraordinarily reckless.
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