Brussels is warning every country in Europe to prepare for a no deal Brexit
Brussels has warned every country in Europe to immediately start preparing for a no deal Brexit .
The dramatic move comes just a week after the UK revealed its white paper on leaving the European Union.
The European Commission has delivered urgent instructions to all of the 27 remaining EU states to ramp up precautions and brace themselves for Britain crashing out without a deal.
A document – expected to be released as Dominic Raab makes his first visit to Brussels today as Brexit Secretary – warns of the possibility of long queues at borders and ports, disruption to planes and new restrictions on data transfers.
Meanwhile, in the UK, dozens of documents setting out the preparations business will need to do in a “no deal” Brexit will be published over the coming weeks.
Theresa May told MPs on the Commons Liaison Committee that around 70 “technical notices” would set out what is required for citizens and firms if the UK leaves the EU in March next year without a withdrawal agreement.
The 16-page document, released in Brussels, states: "While the EU is working day and night for a deal ensuring an orderly withdrawal, the UK’s withdrawal will undoubtedly cause disruption – for example in business supply chains – whether or not there is a deal.
"As there is still no certainty that there will be a ratified withdrawal agreement in place on that date, or what it will entail, preparations have been ongoing to try to ensure that the EU institutions, member states and private parties are prepared for the UK’s withdrawal.
"And in any event, even if an agreement is reached, the UK will no longer be a member state after withdrawal and will no longer enjoy the same benefits as a member. Therefore, preparing for the UK becoming a third country is of paramount importance, even in the case of a deal between the EU and the UK.
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"Having said that, preparing for the UK’s withdrawal is not only the responsibility of the EU institutions. It is a joint effort at EU, national and regional levels, and also includes in particular economic operators and other private parties – everyone must now step up preparations for all scenarios and take responsibility for their specific situation."
Mr Raab’s talks with the EU’s chief negotiator come as the Government attempts to try and steady its withdrawal strategy after two weeks of turmoil.
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