United Kingdom warns of red tape, card charges in 'no-deal' Brexit

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The Telegraph said the details would be set out in one of around 80 technical notes due to be published by the Government, starting on Thursday, setting out its preparations for a no-deal break across a wide range of sectors.

The government has maintained throughout the negotiation process that it is preparing for all possible outcomes.

All of the Brexit scenarios depend on three factors, according to the IfG - the prime minister concludes a withdrawal agreement with the remaining European Union member states (deal) or not (no deal); Parliament accepts the agreement (yes) or rejects it (no); and Parliament then asks the government to renegotiate, or accepts a no deal.

"We have a duty, as a responsible government, to plan for every eventuality", Mr Raab said.

Mr. Raab sought to reassure the public that the country could cope without a Brexit deal, suggesting at one point that fears about food shortages were overblown and adding: "Let me reassure you all that, contrary to one of the wilder claims, you will still be able to enjoy a BLT after Brexit".

The government asked drugmakers to stockpile medicines for six weeks above normal operations - a target the industry said would be challenging - and called for medicines with short shelf-lives to be flown in to the country. The government has advised them to take on customs service brokers or other freight middlemen to sort out the new requirements.


The notes did not make lengthy reference to the rights of European Union citizens, the Irish border issue, or the potential need to stockpile medicines.

The government had previously said those charges cost Britons about 166 million pounds in 2015.

That includes British pensioners and expats who have purchased insurance and annuities from United Kingdom firms, particularly those who paid into their pensions while working in Europe.

Raab warned that British citizens living overseas could lose access to their bank accounts.

"For UK-based customers who access banking, insurance, investment funds and other financial services with EEA firms now passporting into the UK, temporary permissions will enable these firms to continue to provide these services to UK customers for up to three years after exit - allowing firms time to apply for authorisation to continue operating in the UK", the documents said.

"Not only would this be hugely disruptive but it threatens livelihoods and businesses in the UK", NFU President Minette Batters said. "The government's technical notices demonstrate the facts of a no-deal Brexit - reduced availability and higher prices of food and medicine, increased delays and red tape at borders, and a Value-Added Tax bombshell for consumers and businesses".


Sarah Laouadi, European policy manager at the Freight Transport Association, warned that "no deal would be disastrous for logistics".

The legal challenge was presented by pro-EU advocacy group "UK in EU Challenge", which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.

However, the government's guidance makes it clear that companies trading with Europe would face new paperwork to cover customs and safety declarations in the event of no deal, paperwork that is now not required.

"In many cases, especially for the small firms that can't afford fancy technology and consultants, it is likely to put them off trading altogether".

In Britain, there is a growing sense of Brexit deja vu.


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