Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay today said Whitehall departments and the health regulator will begin publishing guidance on how the public can get ready.
The information campaign, which will also see broadcasts on radio and social media, comes after the Government sought to advise businesses on how they might best prepare for no deal.
With just a fortnight to go until the showdown in Parliament, an advertising campaign will warn over ‘disruption’ to travel and medicine if the UK crashes out of the bloc in March.
Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Michael Gove warned if Britain leaves without a deal ‘turbulence would be considerable’ and have a ‘grim’ impact on farmers.
The drive comes as the PM mounts a frantic last-ditch bid to wring concessions out of the EU that could win over MPs.
Ministers are launching a no-deal Brexit publicity blitz ahead of the crunch Commons vote on Theresa May’s deal as the PM arrives back in Downing Street for the first time this year (pictured)
Mrs May has the Christmas break calling round EU counterparts including Angela Merkel and Spain‘s Pedro Sanchez pleading for legal guarantees that the Irish border ‘backstop’ cannot last indefinitely.
But at the same time the government is stepping up contingency plans for leaving without any agreement in three months’ time.
In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference today, Mr Gove said Britain would ‘flourish’ in time if it left without a deal – but that it would cause short term disruption.
He said: ‘It would hit worst small farmers and small food producers.’
The Environment Secretary said tariffs, border checks, potential delays for recognition of organic products and labour pressures would all add to costs for food producers.
What tariffs could be imposed on UK food after a no deal Brexit?
If there is a no deal Brexit, food exported from Britain to the EU could be subject to charges as it crosses the border.
The tarrifs could be:
Beef 65 per cent
Lamb 46 per cent
Whole milk 70 per cent
Poultry 14 per cent
‘Nobody can be blithe or blase about the real impacts on food producers in this country of leaving without the deal,’ he told the conference.
Mr Gove said it was a ‘grim and inescapable fact’ that no deal would mean 40 per cent or worse tariffs on meat exporters. He said even if a further fall in the pound boosts exports, it would also fuel inflation at home – hitting farms harder still.
Mr Barclay said that no deal will be ‘far more likely’ if MPs reject the Mrs May’s package in the vote, due to be held in the week beginning January 14.
‘The pace and intensity of the work we are doing reflects the potential scale of this disruption to people and businesses across the UK that a no-deal scenario could bring,’ Mr Barclay wrote in the Daily Express.
‘The Home Office will next week be publicising guidance on new passport rules for people travelling to many European countries.
Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Michael Gove (pictured today at the Oxford Farming Conference) warned if Britain leaves without a deal ‘turbulence would be considerable’
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay today said Whitehall departments and the health regulator will begin publishing guidance on how the public can get ready
‘These rules would mean some people have to renew their passport earlier than planned. Advice is already available online and next week the Home Office will further publicise how to renew a passport as easily as possible.
What are the no deal Brexit plans which have been enacted?
Here are the emergency no deal plans which have been activated:
Some 3,500 troops are on standby for no deal Brexit
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the troops could be used by any department as needed – but that no specific requests had yet been made for them.
Ministers will book space on ferries to ensure critical supplies, such as medicines, can get in if there are long queues at the borders
Families are to to be given advice on how to prepare for a no deal Brexit
Up to 10,000 lorries could be parked in Kent if no deal causes delays at the ports
The Kent authorities have warned that the gridlock could mean pupils miss school and exams, while bodies could pile up
‘The Department for Transport is sharing guidance on how we will ensure people can continue to travel to the EU in the event of no deal, and today the medicines regulator has updated guidance to ensure regulatory processes for medicines, medical devices and clinical trials are fit for purpose.
‘And, on Tuesday, we will start a new phase in our public information campaign, using radio and social media to further raise awareness.’
Despite Downing Street’s hopes, there is little sign that the Christmas break has changed the minds of more than 100 Tory MPs pledged to vote against the EU deal.
Ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis today urged Mrs May to pull the vote again. It was already delayed from last month when the premier admitted she faced a catastrophic defeat.
Mr Davis, in a column for the Daily Telegraph, said: ‘The Withdrawal Agreement does not respect the referendum result.
‘That is why the meaningful vote had to be delayed and one wonders if even the January vote will go ahead.
What is in the Brexit deal?
The Brexit divorce deal contains a raft of agreements and compromises – many of which are bitterly opposed by Eurosceptic rebels. It includes:
- A two year transition period from March 29, 2019, where most rules stay the same
- A £39billion divorce payment
- Bilateral protections for EU citizen in the UK and Britons living in Europe
- A backstop to keep open the Irish border if a final trade deal cannot be negotiated before the end of transition
- Promises to negotiate a final trade deal as soon as possible in line with a ‘political declaration’ on what it should look like
‘Attempts to frighten MPs into supporting it are unlikely to work, because voting down this substandard deal will not result in no Brexit.’
Elsewhere, one senior Tory MP told MailOnline that winning over the DUP, the Northern Irish party propping up the Tories in Parliament, was crucial.
Mrs May will need dramatic changes to the Irish border backstop in the divorce deal. Critics say it creates a divide between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and risks leaving the UK trapped in a customs union indefinitely with no UK-EU trade deal.
If the 10 Ulster MPs come on board, dozens of Tory rebels would likely follow – dramatically raising Mrs May’s hopes of an improbable victory in two weeks.