Factbox – Reaction to the British government’s ‘no deal’ Brexit plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Thursday set out a series of notes detailing what could happen if it fails to reach a Brexit deal with the European Union, acknowledging that firms would face a tangle of red tape and possible delays at the border.

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab delivers his speech outlining the government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit in London, Britain. Aug 23, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Below is some reaction to Brexit minister Dominic Raab’s speech on the government’s ‘no deal’ planning and the guidance notes it has published on preparing for that scenario:

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SPOKESMAN

“We are working constructively to reach a deal. It is also clear that the withdrawal of the UK is going to lead to disruptions regardless, with a deal or without a deal. And that’s why everybody, in particular economic operators, needs to be prepared.”

KEIR STARMER, BREXIT SPOKESMAN, LABOUR PARTY

“The speech was thin on detail, thin on substance and provided no answers to how ministers intend to mitigate the serious consequences of leaving the EU without an agreement.”

“A no deal Brexit has never been viable and would represent a complete failure of the government’s negotiating strategy.”

STEPHEN JONES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, UK FINANCE

“The government is taking a pragmatic approach to addressing critical cliff-edge issues and to ensure consumers and businesses can continue accessing vital cross-border services.”

“However, these issues cannot be addressed by the UK acting alone. It is therefore vital that negotiators on both sides work together to agree solutions that prevent any unnecessary disruption and additional costs for customers in both the EU and UK.”

ADAM MARSHALL, BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR GENERAL

“The stark reality is that in a ‘no deal’ scenario,

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