- The UK government is preparing 84 areas of British life for a no deal Brexit, a new leak reveals.
- They cover a range of areas including bloody safety, pet travel, and tobacco.
- The first set of notes are reportedly set to be published next Thursday.
- Whilst the notes are written in a neutral tone, the government hopes that they can reframe the debate away from no deal.
- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned on Thursday that leaving the EU with no deal would be “a huge geo-strategic mistake” that the UK “would regret for generations.”
- The leaks come as 9,000 border guards are given a post-Brexit holiday ban in case of no deal.
LONDON – The UK government’s preparations for crashing out of the European Union with no deal cover 84 areas of British life, a new leak has revealed.
Theresa May’s government will soon publish an array of technical notices for British businesses and households, explaining what contingency plans the UK has in place in the event of a no deal Brexit.
These notices -which government sources insist will show the UK “will be ready” for the hardest of Brexits – come amid warnings that leaving the EU with no deal could trigger chaos, like a shortage in food and medicines.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told ITV on Thursday that leaving the EU with no deal would be a would be “a huge geo-strategic mistake” that the UK “would regret for generations.”
BuzzFeed has published the full list of the 84 areas of life that May’s government is producing no deal Brexit plans for.
Around half of the notes cover policies overseen by either the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Matters relating to the Department for Transport are also thought to make up a significant amount of the technical notes.
While the government has reportedly written the technical notices in a neutral tone, it is understood that the intention is to reframe the debate by highlighting the potential wide-ranging dangers of no deal.
There is increasing concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit as UK and EU negotiators struggle to agree on a solution to preserving the open border on the island of Ireland
Earlier this month, International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, said no deal was the most likely outcome of Brexit talks. In an interview this week, Latvia’s foreign minister, Edgars Rinkevics declared that the chances of a no deal Brexit are 50/50. Meanwhile, according to The Sun, nearly all 9,000 border force staff have been banned from going on holiday for eight weeks from next March in case the UK cannot agree a Brexit deal with the EU.
Here is the full list of no deal Brexit technical notices:
- Air services
- Animal breeding
- Aviation safety
- Aviation security
- Batch testing of medicine
- Blood safety
- Chemicals regulation
- Civil judicial cooperation
- Civil nuclear
- Commercial road haulage
- Common Travel Area
- Company law
- Consumer protection
- Cross-border gas trading
- Customs and borders
- Driver licensing
- e-Commerce and geo-blocking
- Electricity trading
- Environmental standards
- Equine movements
- EU citizens in the UK
- EU programmes and structural funds
- EU space programmes
- European regional development fund
- European social fund
- Export control regulation
- Financial services
- Fisheries, fish and seafood
- Fluorinated gases and Ozone depleting substances
- Food labelling
- Genetically modified organisms
- Geographical indicators
- Health and identification marks for products of animal origin
- Horizon 2020
- Imports of food and feed
- Intellectual property
- Life sciences
- Live animals and animal products
- Maritime security
- Motor insurance
- New car and van CO2 emissions
- Nuclear research
- Objects of cultural interest
- Oil and gas
- Organic food production
- Organs, tissue, and cells
- Payments to farmers
- Pesticides regulations
- Pet travel
- Plants and seeds
- Product regulation
- Registration of veterinary medicines
- Renewable electricity issues
- Rural Development Programme for England
- Seafarer certification
- State aid
- Timber trade
- Trade agreements continuity
- Trade in endangered species
- Trade remedies
- Trans-European energy infrastructure
- UK citizens in the EU
- UK LIFE projects
- UK trade tariff
- Upholding industrial emissions
- Vehicle standards
- Veterinary medicine products
- Workplace rights
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