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No deal in good shape - official

Britain is in good shape for a No Deal Brexit, according to Mark Sedwill, head of the British civil service. He said on 13 June that preparations for leaving the EU without an agreement were now quite advanced. So, fears of “crashing out” and of “cliff-edges” are out of date. Forecasts of economic doom are not realistic either.

In early March Sedwill said “No Deal” would trigger a 10 per cent spike in food price, send businesses to the wall, damage the police’s ability to keep people safe and plunge the economy into recession.

But the government has reached many formal and informal agreements with EU countries in the run up to 29 March and since. These include measures to preserve the flow of trade include customs procedures at the Channel ports, landing rights for aircraft, permits for Eurostar and driving permits for hauliers.

• A longer version of this article is on the web at We're in good shape for no deal - official.