British government steps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations

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First Minister Mark Drakeford said that it "would be a catastrophic failure" if the United Kingdom government failed to reach a Brexit deal with the European Union.

May had halted the parliamentary vote on the deal on December 10 to put forth the concerns vocalised by British MPs with her European counterparts.

This means we will now set in motion the remaining elements of our no-deal plans", adding, "Cabinet also agreed to recommend businesses now also ensure they are similarly prepared, enacting their own no-deal plans as they judge necessary.

The government says the priority areas are borders, security and global trade.

Businesses will be provided with a 100-plus page online preparation pack and emails will be sent to 80,000 of those most likely to be impacted over the next few days, according to Downing Street.

Auto-industry lobby group the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said a no-deal Brexit risked "destroying the automotive industry and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports" and must be avoided.

He dismissed alternative plans being pushed by ministers - including a second referendum or a "managed" no-deal under which arrangements are made with Brussels to limit any negative impacts of severing ties with the EU.

Brokenshire said the motion was "not responsible opposition" and said it was "gamesmanship" from Labour.

Aerospace giant Airbus (EADSY) has said it could be forced to quit the country if there's no deal on European Union trading arrangements.

"So can I say to the Prime Minister, it's pointless criticising other members in this House who are coming up with other solutions - whether a second referendum, whether Canada, whether Norway - we are as a Parliament trying to find a solution through the political cul-de-sac and mess that we now find this country in".

Business owner Lee insisted a no deal Brexit would not deter him from continuing to buy machinery from Germany in order to carry on operating his business.

With many MPs opposed to her Brexit agreement with the European Union, the prime minister has delayed a vote in the Commons on the deal until the week starting 14 January.

"I did not use the words "stupid woman" about the prime minister or anyone else, and am completely opposed to the use of sexist or misogynist language in absolutely any form at all", Corbyn said.

The opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said the government was "running down the clock".

The Labour leader said the "cold reality" was Mrs May achieved "nothing" last week after returning to Brussels to seek further assurances over the Irish border backstop.

Asked about the prospect of a free vote in the Commons on Brexit where MPs would not be whipped, the Solicitor General told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour: "I think that's certainly something that we need to look at very carefully".

Despite the "fuss and noise" about Commons motions ruling out a no-deal Brexit or demanding a second ballot, any amendments to the "meaningful vote" on Mrs May's deal would have no legal force, said Mr Baker.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday tabled a non-binding no-confidence vote in Mrs May after she told MPs they will get another chance to vote on her deal in the week beginning Jan 14.

He said: "Far from being anti-democratic it would be the opposite, as indeed many senior figures in her party from past and present have been saying".

"This is bigger than Brexit now", said Mr Baker.

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