News / UK and world by Press Association December 18, 2018, 5:24 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Thousands of troops are to be put on stand-by to help with potential disruption from a no-deal Brexit, it has been revealed. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s announcement that 3,500 regular soldiers and reservists will be “held at readiness” came as Cabinet agreed to ramp up preparations for the UK crashing out of the European Union without a deal. With just 101 days to go to the scheduled date of Brexit on March 29, businesses were urged to consider implementing their own contingency plans and households “should also make preparations”. Mrs May was accused by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable of “psychological warfare” in a bid to persuade MPs to support her Brexit deal when it returns to Parliament in January. And former minister Nick Boles said he would … [Read more...] about Troops held in readiness to deal with disruption from no-deal Brexit
News / UK and world by Press Association December 18, 2018, 4:18 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter With just over 100 days to go until the UK is due to quit the European Union, the Government is stepping up planning for a no-deal Brexit. Theresa May and the vast majority of MPs from all sides of politics have attempted to downplay the risk of this occurring after March 29, saying there is no consensus to drop out without an agreed Withdrawal Agreement. But Westminster is suffering from political paralysis and the Prime minister’s Withdrawal Agreement seems likely to be voted down again when MPs vote in mid-January unless there are changes/concessions from Brussels. – What is no-deal Brexit? On March 29 the UK would quit the EU without a withdrawal agreement with the European Union covering issues including the Irish border, expats’ rights in Europe or a future trade deal, among other things. … [Read more...] about What is a no-deal Brexit, and what might happen as a result?
Thousands of soldiers, sailors and air crew were today put on standby to tackle Brexit chaos. The Brexit Brigade was revealed in the Commons by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson moments after Cabinet voted to “ramp up” preparations for crashing out without a deal. The Defence Secretary told MPs that the Ministry of Defence had not yet had a “formal request” for support in no-deal Brexit planning. But he went on: “What we will do is have 3,500 service personnel held at readiness - including regulars and reserves - in order to support any Government department on any contingencies they may need.” Among the tasks that service personnel are likely to be asked to carry out, according to experts, are: Guarding sensitive sites so that regular police are freed up to deal with traffic disruption and threats to law and order. Flying vital medicines like insulin that cannot be stored for long periods so safeguard patients and the NHS from shortages. … [Read more...] about Thousands of troops on standby as No10 activates No Deal Brexit plans
News / UK and world by Press Association December 18, 2018, 2:52 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May’s Cabinet has agreed to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, 101 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union. Ministers agreed to activate all of the Government’s no-deal plans in the hope of preparing the country for the possibility that the UK will crash out without agreement on March 29. They urged businesses to consider implementing their own contingency plans and said households should also make preparations. Advice is to be issued to private individuals through online websites, adverts and direct communications over the coming weeks on actions which they should take. Areas covered are expected to include bank card payments in the EU and travelling to the continent with pets. And HM Revenue and Customs will provide an updated 100-plus page online advice pack for … [Read more...] about Government ramps up preparations for no-deal Brexit
News / UK and world by Press Association December 18, 2018, 1:56 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May will ramp up planning for a no-deal Brexit after Cabinet ministers agreed to make it an “operational priority” for the Government. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal remains the preferred outcome for the Government but with just over 100 days until the UK’s departure from the bloc the intensity of preparations for crashing out in March 2019 will increase. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay stressed that unless MPs back Mrs May’s deal when it returns to the Commons in January the default option is for the UK to leave without any exit arrangement in place. Speaking after the Cabinet agreed to step up no-deal preparation, Mr Barclay said: “Parliament needs to back the deal because the consequence of not doing so is we risk the default of no-deal and a responsible government must prepare for … [Read more...] about Cabinet agrees to step up planning for a no-deal Brexit