With the likelihood of Britain crashing out of the EU without any agreement rapidly increasing, Theresa May’s spokesman today confirmed that the government will begin to put into place in case of this scenario.
Ministers have approved £2bn to go to government departments to help if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a formal agreement.
NEW: Cabinet has agreed to set in motion remaining No Deal Brexit plans, ramping up preparations for crashing out of EU.
Individuals and businesses to be urged to prepare for no deal scenario.
£2bn extra funding soon.
— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) December 18, 2018
Downing Street, however, added that the government’s priority was still to secure a deal, but that it had a duty to plan for every outcome and would now make a series of no-deal announcements in coming days.
“Cabinet agreed that, with just over three months until our exit from the European Union, we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up these preparations. This means we will now set in motion the remaining elements of our no-deal plans,” the spokesman added.
In a separate development, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stated that in the event of no deal Brexit, “there are 3,500 service personnel held at readiness in order to support any government department on any contingencies they may need.”