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EU steps up Brexit no-deal planning
13 March 2019 00:00
UK lawmakers’ rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit deal this week for the second time has prompted an uptick in EU preparations for a no-deal exit on March 29, at both the EU and the national level. While this scenario will be disruptive on both sides of the English Channel, policymakers are trying to soften the blow in crucial areas such as air transport and the Irish border.
The UK’s plan not to introduce any customs checks on the Irish border in the event of a no-deal Brexit ‘raises concerns’ for the EU, which will check it against World Trade Organization rules, the bloc’s top spokesperson has said.
No-deal Brexit contingency plans will temporarily maintain basic air and road traffic with the UK, citizens’ rights protections and legal certainty for ship operators, EU lawmakers decided in Strasbourg today.