Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit: 'No deal' planning made a priority by Cabinet

Brexit: 'No deal' planning made a priority by Cabinet

They're aimed at protecting member states, not us.

Their comments to the Press Association came as campaigners released new analysis of polling which they said showed support for a second referendum in every part of the country - including the constituencies of the Prime Minister and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson.

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British ministers met yesterday to intensify plans for leaving the European Union without a deal - a prospect that is becoming more likely as Prime Minister Theresa May plays for time with just 100 days to go until Brexit.

With just over 100 days until Britain is due to leave the EU, May is yet to win the support of a deeply divided parliament for the deal she struck last month with Brussels to maintain close ties with the bloc.

The prime minister's Brexit "divorce" deal is so unpopular she canceled last week's parliamentary vote and now is aiming to bring it up the week of January 14, in hopes that legislators will have had a change of heart over the holidays.

No deal means there would be no transition so the exit would be abrupt, the nightmare scenario for worldwide businesses and the dream of hard Brexiteers who want a decisive split.

The European Commission has published its preparation plans for no deal Brexit, as the outcome starts to look more and more realistic.

"We have been preparing for a no deal outcome as it has become increasingly apparent the United Kingdom government was failing to negotiate an acceptable deal", he said.

"That is what we agreed at Cabinet".

"Cabinet also agreed to recommend businesses now also ensure they are similarly prepared, enacting their own no-deal plans as they judge necessary". Households will be given further instructions on issues such as travel, medicines and...

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However, opposition politicians said no amount of "keep calm and carry on" preparation could sugarcoat the impact of a chaotic Brexit.

The preparations come amid continued opposition to Prime Ministers Brexit deal, which if accepted by MPs would stave off a no-deal.

The government has made more than 4.2 billion pounds ($5.31 billion) available for Brexit planning since the 2016 referendum.

One option is the Prime Minister's own Brexit deal, but that is hanging by a thread after she was forced to pull a vote on it last week in the face of huge opposition from within her Conservative Party.

May is due to meet the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, new First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and representatives of the Northern Ireland Civil Service at her Downing Street office.

With the European Union unlikely to offer concessions that would win over lawmakers and May repeatedly ruling out a second referendum, the risk of a no-deal has increased, a scenario that would mean an abrupt exit with no transition that some businesses fear would be catastrophic for the world's fifth largest economy.

"Another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver".

Mike Amey, head of sterling portfolios at fund management giant PIMCO, said there was "low probability" of no-deal as there was not a majority of lawmakers who would accept it.

"If they decide to revoke Article 50, the Government will fall, if they try to extend Article 50 the Government will fall, if they try to legislate for a further referendum which requires an extension of Article 50, the Government will fall".

"The lack of progress in Westminster means that the risk of a no-deal Brexit is rising".

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