United Kingdom 'closing in' on Brexit deal with Brussels, suggests Raab

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Britain has stepped up planning for the effects of such a departure and on Thursday published 28 technical notices covering the impact on areas ranging from environmental standards to certification for manufacturers.

He said Germany's annual £44.5billion (€50billion) trade surplus with Britain means a hard Brexit would be "disastrous" for Berlin and called on Ms Merkel to strike a deal on trade to protect the German economy.

"It also begs the question of how this will be enforced and raises legitimate concerns over lengthy border delays if permits are to be checked".

The Musicians' Union is the latest organisation to formally come out in favour of a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated (or not) by the United Kingdom government.

Driving to the continent would become more difficultIf Britain leaves without a deal then United Kingdom driving licenses will no longer be accepted means to drive within European Union countries.

In one of the reports, the government said British mobile phone users will no longer be guaranteed "surcharge-free roaming when you travel to the EU" in case of no-deal, but industry leaders said they hoped to offer the same deals.

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Raab said it may take time to work out how much Britain would need to pay if London and Brussels failed to reach agreement on Britain's exit from the EU.

"The fact that we are now seriously having to contemplate the possibility of Scottish and other United Kingdom travellers - including hardworking families looking forward to a relaxing holiday and business travellers - being turned away at the border of European Union countries is appalling". From the 1st February 2019, IDPs will be available only through the Post Office at a cost of £5.50 per document.

"If that happens then the queues of HGVs in Kent will make the jams seen in the summer of 2015 appear as little more than waiting for the traffic lights to change", it adds.

A no-deal Brexit would also disrupt the transfer of personal data between Britain and the EU.

The release came three weeks after an initial set of 24 papers was released by the Government, with reportedly more than 80 earmarked for publication before the end of September. There were warnings of extra paperwork at borders and extra credit card charges for Britons visiting the EU. "That is why we must have a people's vote on the final Brexit deal".

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