Doomsday Plans: UK Government Warns of No-Deal Brexit Consequences

© REUTERS / Henry NichollsA woman holds a placard as she joins EU supporters, calling on the government to give Britons a vote on the final Brexit deal, participating in the 'People's Vote' march in central London, Britain June 23, 2018
A woman holds a placard as she joins EU supporters, calling on the government to give Britons a vote on the final Brexit deal, participating in the 'People's Vote' march in central London, Britain June 23, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Earlier this week, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he remains confident that negotiators will be able to agree a deal with Brussels, ahead of the government’s release of technical notes, outlining contingency plans and measures to be taken to cope with such an eventuality.

In the first batch of technical notes released by the government, ministers issued several warnings to Britons, including implications of a hard Brexit not previously known to the general public, such as the UK facing a shortage of donor sperm, which it largely imports from Denmark.

Britain could also be forced to find an alternative to the photographic health warnings displayed on cigarette packs, as the EU owns the copyright to the photos.

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Meanwhile, the government said UK holidaymakers could face hefty credit card charges while visiting EU member states and suggested expats could lose access to their pension pots with UK-registered schemes. Online shoppers are also likely to be faced with the additional charges when purchasing from EU vendors.

“The cost of card payments between the UK and EU will likely increase, and these cross-border payments will no longer be covered by the surcharging ban,” a recently published government paper reads.

Previous research by the Treasury found EU businesses to already be charging UK consumers hundreds of millions of euros per year in surcharge fees.

The government has already started making preparations to prevent medicine shortages under a hard Brexit and advised Brits not to stockpile medication, as this could lead to further shortages and the potential emergence of a black market.

European Union's Chief Brexit Negotiator, French Michel Barnier, in charge of the preparation and conduct of the negotiations with Britain under article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) speaks during a press conference on December 6, 2016, at the European Commission in Brussells. - Sputnik International
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Authorities have so far built up a six-week stockpile of medicines to prevent shortages in the weeks immediately following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, which is forecast to happen in less than eight months.

Although politicians and economists are looking into the effects of a hard Brexit and are taking necessary steps, the government has insisted it still believes a deal with Brussels will be agreed, leading to a less chaotic Brexit.

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