Britain to publish more 'no deal' Brexit advice papers

Irving Hamilton
September 13, 2018

Britain warned the European Union on Thursday that it will withhold billions of euros (dollars) of a promised divorce payment if there is no Brexit deal.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the United Kingdom would pay "significantly, substantially" less than the already agreed-upon 39 billion pounds ($51 billion) in the event no agreement is reached.

"There's no deal without the whole deal", he added.

Britain will today publish a second batch of "no deal" Brexit advice papers.

"If that doesn't happen, the United Kingdom will manage the challenges of no-deal, so we make a success of Brexit".

Contingency planning for short-term disruption was nothing new, he added.

The commitment to the Chequers plan comes despite Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers having held a meeting to openly discuss how to oust the prime minister. But the government is also stepping up preparations for leaving without an agreement.

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Mr Raab, who will hold talks with European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Friday, revealed the news on roaming charges in a column for the Telegraph.

The new documents will be published after Theresa May chairs a cabinet meeting focused on how a no-deal outcome could be handled, but Downing Street remains confident an agreement will be reached.

He added: 'With six months to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, we are stepping up our "no-deal" preparations so that Britain can continue to flourish, regardless of the outcome of negotiations.

"These technical notices are part and parcel of our sensible, pragmatic approach to preparing for all outcomes".

Earlier this year, the anti-Brexit Best for Britain group calculated that the average business customer could expect to pay £778 more per month if the charges were reinstated after Brexit.

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