Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UK Government prepares for no deal Brexit

Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May has met with her cabinet this morning to discuss the possibility that the UK could be heading for a no deal Brexit, and to discuss the way forward should her deal be voted down in Parliament.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that the vote on the Prime Minister's deal would not go ahead until at least the 14th of January - just 8 weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union.

Mrs May confirmed in Parliament yesterday that it is not her intention to delay or cancel Brexit and indicated that if her deal was voted down that the government would be prepared to leave without a deal.

It was also confirmed yesterday that £2.2 billion has now been made available to government departments in order to prepare for the event of a no deal scenario.

Today's cabinet meeting will be the last one before the New Year.

Justice Secretary David Gauke is said to have been furious at the possibility of a no deal Brexit, and told his fellow MPs today "The responsibility of Cabinet ministers is not to propagate unicorns but to slay them."

A cabinet source told press this morning "We must recognise that no-deal now has to be the central assumption. It could happen by design or by accident, and we have to be ready."

£500 million is said to have been sidelined for dealing with problems with customs and border issues and £25 million has been issued to ports.

The environment secretary is said to have allocated £400 million for agriculture and a further £100 million for trade.

In the House of Commons today, it is believed that Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party may consider calling a vote of no confidence in the government over their handling of Brexit.  If the vote suceeds, it could lead to a general election.

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