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British government to activate full 'no-deal' Brexit preparations

Tuesday 18/December/2018 - 06:04 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Mohamed Emad

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Tuesday it would implement plans for a no-deal Brexit in full and begin telling businesses and citizens to prepare for the risk of leaving the European Union without an agreement.

With just over 100 days until Britain is due to leave the EU، Prime Minister Theresa 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.

She has said a delayed vote on her deal will take place in mid-January، prompting some lawmakers to accuse her of trying to force parliament into backing her by running down the clock as the March 29 exit day approaches.

May، who last week survived a confidence vote in her Conservative Party، has warned lawmakers that the alternatives to her deal are leaving without an agreement or no Brexit.

Her spokesman said while the government’s priority remained leaving with a deal - which was the most likely scenario - it would now implement its no-deal plans “in full”.

“Cabinet agreed... we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up these preparations. This means we will now set in motion the remaining elements of our no deal plans،” he said.

“Cabinet also agreed to recommend businesses now also ensure they are similarly prepared، enacting their own no-deal plans as they judge necessary. Citizens should also prepare،” he added، saying that after no-deal guidance issued earlier this year، further detailed advice would be published soon.

The spokesman said plans included setting aside space on ferries in order to ensure a regular flow of medical supplies.

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