Saturday, 25 June 2022 – 16:07

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab refuses to deny to stockpiling of food in the case of a ‘No Deal’

Dominic Raab refused to deny the reports of the Government plans to stockpile food in preparation for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. 

Mr Raab also did not dispute claims that a motorway in Kent could become a ‘lorry park’ if tight and stringent custom checks are implemented by the EU. 

He was explaining that the UK will stand ready for ‘any and every eventuality’ on the BBC Andrew Marr show. He continued to outline how the government was making sure there was an extra allocation of money, £3 billion according to Mr Raab, and more operational staff ready to ensure the UK is prepared for all outcomes. 

Mr Raab’s interview came day after his first meeting the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, with further meetings scheduled this Thursday.

This was arguably an attempt to show the readiness of government to prepare, and to reassure businesses and voters that a cliff edge scenario can be managed. Indeed, the Brexit Secretary initially dismissed claims as an unhelpful ‘selective snipped’ published by the media. 

However, instead of providing the reassurance businesses want, this arguably fuelled speculation of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. 

Speculation of this outcome has risen in the last few weeks. The possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a formal deal seems to have increased since Tory Brexiteers have expressed anger at the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan.

So what does a ‘no deal’ Brexit mean?

Some studies claim that leaving the EU without a deal will lead to households losing up to £2,000. 

There will be no transition period with the EU. This period, in which the UK and EU put in place slowly the new UK-EU relationship is dependent upon a withdrawal agreement being signed. If there is no withdrawal agreement, then there is no transition period. As such, the UK economy would face a cliff edge. 

Under a ‘no deal’, the UK economy would face more issues. Trade would revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Currently, inside the Single Market and Customs Union UK businesses can trade freely without any tariff and non-tariff barriers. Under WTO rules, there would be immediate customs and regulatory checks and the UK and EU would have to pay tariffs on each others’ goods. 

Ultimately, this could mean lorry’s pilling up on the M26 and a stockpiling of food in line with Mr Raab’s suggestion. 

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