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Troops held in readiness to deal with disruption from no-deal Brexit

Troops held in readiness to deal with disruption from no-deal Brexit

"Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward", it read.

The British government has revealed its plan for a No Deal Brexit include putting 3,500 troops on standby.

Conservative MP Steve Baker warned that Theresa May's Government would fall if it tried to halt or delay Brexit, or called a second referendum, which required an extension of the two-year Article 50 process of negotiating withdrawal.

What was very evident yesterday was that the Prime Minister had completely misread the mood of the House and that is why I think it was absolutely appropriate at the end of listening to that debate yesterday that Jeremy indicated that he was tabling that no-confidence motion in the Prime Minister.

Labour's David Lammy said the prime minister was heading for "disaster" from which neither she nor her party would recover if she tried to dodge growing pressure for a People's Vote, and allowed the clock to run down to a no-deal Brexit on March 29 2019.

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.

With just 101 days to go to the scheduled date of Brexit on March 29, businesses were urged to consider implementing their own contingency plans and households "should also make preparations".

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Businesses will be provided with a 100-plus page online pack to help them prepare and emails will be sent out to 80,000 of those most like to be affected over the next few days.

Labour's shadow Brexit minister, Jenny Chapman said: "It is testament to the Prime Minister's failure in these negotiations that the Government is now spending billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to prepare for a no deal Brexit that is rejected by Parliament and many of those sat around the Cabinet table".

And advice to private individuals will be issued over the coming weeks through adverts, websites and direct communications.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, the European Commission activated plans for a possible no-deal Brexit on March 29, making clear that they are created to "protect the vital interests of the EU".

The Netherlands is one of the UK's most important trading partners, and Mr Rutte has been generally supportive of Mrs May's efforts to achieve a withdrawal deal with the EU. Nor is leaving the European Union on March 29 next year without a deal viable. I want to reassure people in Wales that we continue to put their interests front and centre at all times in our discussions with the UK Government.

Just hours after the United Kingdom stepped up its preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario, Brussels has today announced 14 temporary measures to try to reduce the impact.

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