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'Grisly': Industry bodies attack 'no deal' plans

By Faisal Islam, political editor
After last week's brutal Brexit bashing in Salzburg, it was just another normal cabinet meeting, says Number 10.
Minister after minister arrived refusing the invitations to comment on Chequers or the prospect of the opposition backing some form of "People's Vote" on the deal.Only when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss appeared at the Number 10 door did a minister say "yes" - Chequers was still on track and "no", she didn't back another referendum.And there are other options floating around her party.A question shouted to the Environment Secretary Michael Gove about whether he secretly backed a Norway-style deal seemed to elicit an unusual smile from the leading Brexiter. It is the talk of Conservative MPs.Inside, there was a discussion on whether EU citizens should be offered preferential access to UK addressed by the chair of the Migration Advisory Commission, and if not, whether free access would last another three years.
'Grisly': Industry bodies attack 'no deal' plans

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Prime Minister Theresa May stands and delivers a message to the EU about respect and rigidity within our policies.
Post-Salzburg, naturally Chequers was discussed.Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab described it as a "good healthy discussion" where the "PM made clear we're going to keep calm and hold our nerve and press the EU on some of the criticisms they've made but also that they haven't come up with any alternatives."So going to hold our nerve but continue to negotiate in good faith."At that point, the Brexit department released more no-deal preparation notices.It was perhaps the most severe set of these notices featuring impacts on aviation services, haulage licenses, timber sales, motor insurance abroad, and of course pet passports for travelling cats, dogs and ferrets.Mr Raab acknowledged the "risks to short term disruption" but said: "We're well prepared whatever".He delivers these conditional warnings with the cheery disposition of someone describing the adventure and daring of a scout excursion.
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