Brexit talks "closing in on workable solutions", Raab says

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"With six months to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, we are stepping up our "no deal" preparations so that Britain can continue to flourish, regardless of the outcome of negotiations", Brexit minister Dominic Raab said. The question of how America will influence the course of Brexit, the expert did not answer.

No-deal frenzy in the media was also fuel by a "worse case scenario" warning from Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England.

When it comes to passports the government is expected to warn that after Brexit unless a deal is thrashed out then European Union countries may not allow British citizens to enter their countries if they have less than six months left on their passport before it expires.

With six months to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, the prospects of a "no deal" have been rated at 50/50 by some UK and European ministers, and both the EU and UK have ramped up their contingency planning for such an outcome.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Raab stated that if there is no deal: "The government would not pay the terms of the financial settlement". An IDP may also be required for United Kingdom drivers hiring vehicles when in the EU.

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"We still think the United Kingdom and the European Union will eventually reach an agreement to preserve many - but not all - of their current trading arrangements, particularly around..." "The block exemption regulations exempt certain types of agreements from competition rules where there are benefits for consumers".

The UK government said in the notice that companies now involved in Galileo, Europe's rival to the United States GPS programme, may face difficulties completing their existing contracts and should contact authorities to try to ensure they can comply with the conditions of their contracts.

Alan Davis said the technical paper contained "no real surprises" and it was welcome confirmation that the competition regime would remain substantially unchanged.

"With the level of uncertainty facing consumers and the economy, in part due to ongoing Brexit negotiations, forecasting is particularly hard", John Lewis said. But a paper on aviation that had been anticipated - amid warnings that planes could be grounded in an extreme scenario - is not due to appear. The guidance said: "The UK does not require visiting motorists, for example those coming to the UK on holiday or who wish to drive on business, to hold a separate IDP to guarantee the recognition of their driving licence".

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