UK government makes major move that signals a no-deal Brexit

Clay Curtis
August 22, 2019

British Secretary of State Steve Barclay said the United Kingdom "will only go to the meetings that really matter, reducing attendance by over half and saving hundreds of hours".

Robert Jenrick MP said: "We recognise the North West is playing a crucial role in ensuring a smooth transition for its businesses and residents after we leave the European Union on 31 October, and that's why we're giving over £1m of additional funding to support the region to boost its Brexit preparations".

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants Britain to leave the European Union with a transition deal but he says he is prepared for a no-deal Brexit if the bloc does not renegotiate the deal it struck with his predecessor Theresa May.

Mr Jenrick said: 'From keeping our supply chains running and ensuring goods continue to flow into the country, to putting robust plans in place for every community, local government is playing a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready to leave the European Union on October 31.

HMRC will allocate more than 88,000 firms with an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in the next fortnight - double the existing number.

Letters to businesses containing their assigned EORI number will arrive within two weeks, while traders also need to decide whether to apply for transitional simplified procedures to make it easier to import goods from the EU.

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While the chancellor has not committed to an emergency budget, the Treasury say that he is "determined to grip Brexit preparations".

The use of NDAs - legally binding contracts to maintain confidentiality - has been routine for trade groups and businesses working with the government over the past three years.

It's a race against time and the British government is speeding up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

"If the nightmare of a chaotic no-deal Brexit on October 31 becomes a reality, our small traders will be the first ones off the cliff", Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said.

"Overnight, small business exporters will have to contend with growth sapping tariffs and time consuming customs declarations".

Less than 50% of UK-based businesses have begun making contingency plans for a potential no-deal Brexit. For many firms, it will trigger more questions.

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