UK Government to Start Giving Advice on Handling No-Deal Brexit to People, Companies
The government of the UK is going to publish a first batch of documents offering advice on how to plan for the eventuality of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, the so called “no-deal Brexit” or “hard Brexit”.
The British government is thus going to advise people, companies, and other entities on handling a potential Brexit without a deal, tackling first “hair-raising scare stories”, according to government ministers, cited by BBC News.
While they still declare that striking a withdrawal agreement with the European Union is the “overriding priority”, they aslo argue that the UK “must be ready to consider the alternative”.
“We have a duty, as a responsible government, to plan for every eventuality,” Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to declare in a speech delivered as the advice documents are published.
“These technical notices – and the ones that will follow – are a sensible, measured, and proportionate approach to minimising the impact of no deal on British firms, citizens, charities and public bodies,” he is expected to say.
“As you will see when we set out our plans, some of these hair-raising scare stories are very far from the truth and I look forward to explaining the context on Thursday,” the UK Brexit Secretary is about to state.
Raab is also expected to declare that a good deal with the European Union on Brexit is in sight.
Earlier this week, after talks with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Raab vowed that the UK would protect the rights of EU citizens already living in Britain even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
In recent weeks, there have been admissions from different factors in the UK that the possibility of a hard Brexit is growing.
The EU has already produced 68 notices on “Brexit preparedness”, while in the UK a number of organizations have issued warnings.
The group representing hospitals and ambulance services in England has warned of possible “stockpiles and shortages of medicines and medical devices”.
Police chiefs have warned the UK’s potential loss of access to EU-wide crime databases would create risks to the British public.
The British farmers’ union has warned some farms could be “on the brink of collapse” without frictionless trade after Brexit.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned a “messy divorce” would lead to a “fissure in relations between European allies that would take a generation to heal”
At the same time, Pro-Brexit campaigners have described these warnings as “Project Fear”. They argue that the UK has nothing to fear from leaving without a trade deal and resorting to WTO rules.
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