Gove is responding to Blomfield.
He says the government is “wholly committed” to implementing the withdrawal agreement, including the Northern Ireland protocol, and to giving effect to the political declaration.
But he says the government does not accept that it has to align to EU law to protect environmental standards.
He says the UK is just seeking a relationship for which there is already a precedent with the EU. So it should be possible to conclude the negotiations in time, he says.
He says there will be no border down the Irish Sea. There will be “unfettered access” for Northern Ireland business to the rest of the UK, he says.