Still no guarantee from Tory government, as European Commission prepares EU27 for all Brexit scenarios

The European Commission has today published information on how EU Member States can prepare for all Brexit outcomes, including ‘no deal’. Meanwhile in Westminster Theresa May’s ‘one step forward, two steps back’ government continues to fail in giving us any guarantee.

Citing undoubted disruption regardless of the deal, the Commission paper warns that if no agreement is reached by March 2019, there will be no transition period at all. It also states that transport between the EU and the UK will be “severely impacted” with roads and ports blocked by customs queues.

Paul Brannen MEP commented: “The EU is doing damage control for its Member States by drawing up preparedness measures for every single Brexit scenario, including a no deal withdrawal. While a no deal Brexit will, to a certain extent, disrupt life and business for the EU27, it is incomparable to the levels of havoc it will cause in the UK.

“However, this government is clearly more focused on their own internal party turmoil than solving the Brexit chaos they have single-handedly caused. The Prime Minister needs to understand that the only way she can break the deadlock in negotiations is by accepting to keep the UK in the Single Market and Customs Union – for the sake of our people’s futures, their jobs and our economy.”

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP added: “We meet North East businesses on a regular basis and it is becoming clearer and clearer that the lack of any information or plan from the government is making them increasingly more frustrated and rightly so. The only thing Theresa May is very obviously planning for is to crash out of the EU – this would be a disaster for our region and the government’s own analysis predicts that.

“Businesses are used to implementing strategies for 5-10 years, but in the current political climate in the UK this can barely be done from one week to another. We’re heavily reliant on EU trade of goods and services in our region and the fact that no protections for businesses here have been guaranteed is shocking. It's now imporrsible for the Conservatives to claim to be the party for business.”

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