We need a new deal or no deal, but no more delays – if the EU fails to match the UK’s compromise, we will leave without a deal on 31 October.
- We have put forward a fair and reasonable compromise for all sides that respects the historic referendum result and we hope Brussels will engage with us seriously.
- In setting out these proposals, we have moved – it is now time for the EU to move too. If they do, there is still every chance we will leave with a new deal.
- If the EU do not move, we will leave without a deal on 31 October. We must get Brexit done so the country can move on and focus on improving the NHS, cutting crime and other domestic priorities.
We are making all necessary preparations so that we can leave the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances.
- Our Brexit Readiness Report sets out the preparations the Government has made and the steps third party organisations and individuals need to take in order to get ready for Brexit, if we are to leave without a deal.
- The actions in this report reflect our top priority in our preparations: ensuring we maintain the smooth and efficient flow of goods and people from the UK into the EU, and vice versa.
- The Exit Operations Cabinet Committee has met 57 times for thorough analysis and deliberations of preparations for leaving without a deal, and the Chancellor has doubled funding for Brexit preparations, from £4 billion to £8 billion.
It is not good enough for government to be ready; we need businesses and citizens to get ready for Brexit too.
- Even with all government preparations in place, flow at the border would still be affected if hauliers are not carrying the right paperwork. We need individuals to act, for example to register for residency and make arrangements for continued access to healthcare.
- For that reason, we are investing £100 million in one of the largest Public Information Campaigns in peacetime making sure businesses and citizens know what action they need to take to get ready for Brexit on 31 October.
- Challenges remain – but the UK economy is in a much better position to meet those challenges thanks to the efforts of sectors and businesses who have already undertaken the necessary preparations. We urge others to do the same.
The UK has been generous – and we hope the EU will now reciprocate as we seek a deal before the 31 October.
- The impact of leaving without a deal on both the UK and the EU will depend on decisions taken by the EU.
- On citizens’ rights, internal security, data protection and Northern Ireland, the UK has taken unilateral decisions which will benefit everyone – UK nationals as well as EU citizens, living here and also on the continent. We hope the EU will match the generosity and flexibility we have shown.
- In order to avoid a hard border, we have committed not to introduce any checks at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The limited number of checks which do need to take place, for example due to international obligations, will all be carried out well away from the border. The Irish Government and the EU have not yet set out how they will manage the Irish border if we leave without a deal – we urge them to match our commitment.
The British people voted to unleash the opportunities that leaving the EU presents.
- Only the Conservatives will get Brexit done:
- We will have an independent trade policy for the first time in 50 years.
- We will be able to introduce a points based immigration system that prioritises the skills we need as a country, rather than discriminating on the basis of where individuals come from.
- We will have autonomy over the rules governing our world-leading services sector, including financial services.
- We can be a beacon for the rest of the world in setting progressive policies on farming, fishing and the wider environment.
- We will set our own rules, putting in place smarter, more responsive regulation outside the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
- Whatever challenges leaving without a deal may create in the short term, whatever bumps in the road we may encounter, these can and will be overcome. Far worse would be the damage to democracy caused by dishonouring the referendum result.
That is what the British people voted for three years ago and what the Conservatives will deliver, without any more pointless delay.