United Kingdom cabinet to discuss no-deal Brexit plans

Glen Norman
September 15, 2018

The news was one of the more eye-catching items in a government assessment of the disruption to Britain's economy and daily life that would be caused by a "no deal" Brexit.

But the government said it would legislate to ensure that the requirements on mobile operators to apply a financial limit on mobile data usage while overseas is retained in United Kingdom law.

The Musicians' Union is the latest organisation to formally come out in favour of a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated (or not) by the United Kingdom government. "What I can say is that the government would legislate to limit the ability of roaming charges to be imposed on customers".

Drivers could need International Driving Permits (IDP) if the European Union does not agree to recognise United Kingdom licences, according to new guidance announced by the government today.

The papers are due to be released officially after British PM Theresa May chairs a special cabinet meeting on what to do in the event of a no-deal.

Raab told BBC radio he did not believe May's government would lose a vote in parliament on the deal.

On Thursday it published the second batch in a trove of more than 70 papers looking at the potential impact on various sectors of the economy.

"The [EU27] will keep our heads cool as we always do", he added.

"These notices make clear firms would be hit with a sledgehammer in the event of "no deal", said Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI business lobby.

There are also concerns about delays at the United Kingdom border. Drivers can get the most-common type of European Union permit at any one of 90 designated Post Office branches, where it takes around five minutes to process.

Mr Raab had an "extended" phone call on Friday with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier to review progress in the Brexit talks. "It is a precautionary measure and I think the government should be commended".

The news was confirmed by the Brexit Department of the UK Government, headed by Dominic Raab, who issued 28 technical notices in a statement on Brexit issued on Thursday.

The UK will also no longer be part of the Copernicus program, a EU-based earth observation initiative that's a critical asset to national security as it contributes to maritime surveillance, border control and understanding climate change.

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