As Downing Street sources suggest that UK-EU trade talks have an 80 percent chance of failing to produce a breakthrough ahead of the looming transition deadline, preparations for Britain crashing out of the bloc have so far seen Royal Navy vessels deployed to ward off ‘threats of illegal fishing’ in UK waters.
Amid floundering efforts to bridge remaining differences and ink out a trade deal that would map the post-Brexit relationship between the European Union and the UK, chances of a no-deal scenario have been pronounced as increasingly likely.
Downing Street revealed it has been ratcheting up ‘no deal’ preparations to assure the public that the UK is ready for 2021, whether a trade deal with the European Union is in place by then or not, reported the Daily Mail.
Some £4 bln has been spent on measures to limit disruption to Britain’s supply chain and fishing waters, announced Boris Johnson at a Tory fundraising event on Saturday, according to the outlet, adding:
According to a No 10 spokesman, “flow of critical goods such as vaccines and vital medicines” has been insured through surging freight capacity, adding that “no one needs to worry about our food, medicine or vital supply chains.”
Here are some of the measures:
- Recruitment of over 900 extra border officers stationed in the key Channel port of Dover, supported by seven inland inspection sites to help ensure the country can ‘keep moving’ once the transitional arrangement with Brussels ends. Around…