No Deal Brexit planning reportedly started in secret this week amid fears that trade talks with the EU will collapse bringing about a so-called ‘disorderly December’.
The Whitehall EU Exit Operations committee met to prepare for the possibility that no agreement is reached with Brussels by the end of the year, a minister claimed.
The Government has stated that the EU transition phase will end on December 31, however concerns are growing that talks could collapse.
Sajid Javid urged businesses to “adjust” to the new reality after Brexit day on January 31 and said that while some will benefit, others will not.
Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times, the Chancellor said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector has had three years to prepare for Britain’s transition.
An unnamed Cabinet Minister told the Mail on Sunday that the So called XO group – chaired by Michael Gove began preparations on Thursday for a “disorderly December”.
The Minister added talks had begun on the basis that Brussels “fail to grasp we really are going at the end of the year”.
Negotiators will also start thrashing out post-Brexit deals with Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
Today the PM flies to Berlin for an international conference on Libya hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The plan is for the UK, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, the US and the UN to broker a ceasefire between the warring factions in the country.
The PM said: “The escalating conflict is putting the lives of innocent people at risk and threatens to destabilise the whole region. It is essential countries come together to back UN-led efforts to end the crisis.”