Theresa warned ministers that they could not wait any longer
Thousands of troops are on standby, ferry space is reserved for emergency supplies and families will be warned to get ready for a no-deal Brexit, cabinet decided today.
Theresa May and her ministers decided with only 101 days to the day of departure that it was time to spend billions on emergency plans – despite the fact that the PM & # 39; s deal is the most likely scenario & # 39; kept on.
Amid claims that the audience may have been alarmed by the dramatic preparations, Ms. May's spokesman insisted: "These are the actions of a sensible government to ensure that people are prepared."
The scale of efforts was underlined today when it transpired that there are 320 projects – including booking space on ferries to ensure that crucial medical supplies can still enter the country.
There are also 3,500 soldiers stand-by to intervene where they are needed.
The public will also be encouraged to prepare themselves and their families, with detailed information about contingency plans that will appear in the coming weeks – also during the Christmas holidays.
TV ads and social media can be used because the government has a & # 39; series of channels & # 39; used to give information to the public.
Millions of companies have also told to prepare. HM Revenue & Customs sends an e-mail directly to 80,000 companies, while a Partnership Pack & # 39; 100 pages is published to help all companies prepare for unrest.
Ms. May's spokesperson declined to comment on whether families will be alerted to the storage of food supplies or reports that Northern Ireland may be dependent on producers.
NO DEAL DOOMSDAY SCENARIO: BANK OF ENGLAND CHEF OF ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE
The director of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned that the pound would collapse, inflation would rise and interest rates would have to rise in the event of a disordered Brexit.
The Bank Governor said that the impact of Brexit would be completely dependent on whether there was a deal, but said that he had the duty to explain what could happen.
The figures are contained in a "worst case scenario" published by the Bank, which suggests that under a chaotic exit from the EU without a deal:
- The size of the economy could fall by 8 percent in less than a year – further and faster than the 2008 financial crisis
- At the same time, unemployment would rise by 7.5 percent, which means that hundreds of thousands are losing their jobs
- Inflation would rise 6.5 percent, which would raise prices in stores. House prices could fall by 30 percent, while commercial real estate prices will fall by 48 percent
- The pound would drop by 25 percent to less than parity to both the US dollar and the euro
But he had to deal with a reaction from Eurosceptic MPs, who accused him of Project Hysteria & # 39; to mobilize to support Ms. May's deal.
Despite the dramatic movements of today, doubts have arisen about whether it is too late – with claims that only a third of the money allocated so far has been spent and the ship's space is already full.
At today's ministers, the PM & # 39; s deal with Brussels emphasized the government's highest priority and best not mitigation.
They said, however, that they were determined to prepare for & # 39; every possibility & # 39 ;.
"The Cabinet agreed that with only three months to our exit, we have reached the point where we need to step up these preparations," said the prime minister's spokesman.
& # 39; We will trigger the remaining elements of our no-deal plans. & # 39;
Brexit secretary Steve Barclay said: "The government's priority is to make a deal – that has not changed.
But besides, as part of our continuation of preparing for no deal, a responsible government must ensure that we are ready for that standard option – which we do not want to happen – but we are ready in case it would happen.
We have therefore agreed today with the Cabinet that preparing no deal is an operational priority within the government, but our overall priority remains to achieve a deal. & # 39;
Barclay said it's & # 39; pace & # 39; from the guidance of the government to companies and households on the preparation for a no-deal exit from the EU would increase.
We must proceed to matters that this is something they have to prepare for & # 39; with & # 39; a matter of 14 weeks until we leave the European Union & # 39 ;, said Steve Barclay.
Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman condemned the plans.
She said: "It shows the failure of the prime minister in these negotiations that the government is now spending billions of pounds of taxpayer money to prepare for a no-deal Brexit rejected by Parliament and much of that sit around the table.
A no deal Brexit would be a disaster for jobs, the economy and the border in Northern Ireland. It is simply not a viable option. & # 39;
Minister of Defense reveals that 3,500 soldiers stand by for no deal Brexit
Additional personnel may be needed in British ports, at the border or even to prevent civil disobedience if a no-deal Brexit leads to food shortages or other problems
Defense Minister Gavin Williamson told MEPs that 3,500 servicemen will be kept in readiness & # 39; to help with a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Williamson said that the troops could be used by each department if necessary, but that no specific requests had been made for them.
Additional personnel may be needed in British ports, at the border or even to politicize civil disobedience as a no-deal Brexit leads to food shortages or other problems.
Downing Street emphasized that the use of soldiers was common – and pointed out how troops successfully helped in running the Olympic Games.
In the Commons, Mr. Williamson said: "We have not yet submitted a formal request from any government department, but what we are doing is to draw up contingency plans and what we will do is keep 3,500 service personnel ready – including regulars and reserves – to to support every government department in unforeseen circumstances that they need. & # 39;
Ministers book space on ferries to ensure that critical supplies can enter
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had urged the government to rent entire roll-on, roll-off truck ferries
Reserving space on ferries for critical supplies is one of the emergency plans that the government worked out today.
Downing Street confirmed that the proposal was one of 320 workflows that got the green light today when Britain was not preparing for a deal.
The spokesperson for Ms. May said that & # 39; medical supplies & # 39; one of the things that could be inserted when the normal channel links break up.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had urged the government to rent entire roll-on, roll-off truck ferries.
Families receive advice on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit
Families will be told to make their own preparations for a no-deal Brexit in the coming weeks, reported Downing Street today.
The government will have different channels & # 39; to provide information to citizens about what might happen and what they should do.
Ms. May's spokesperson said that the public could view the 106 messages that were released in the summer about what might happen, and promised that & # 39; more detailed & # 39; information would be issued in the coming weeks.
When asked if the public should be afraid of the announcements, the spokesperson said: "Closing a deal remains the government's top priority.
& # 39; As a sensible government, it is our duty to ensure that we are prepared for all scenarios. & # 39;
A maximum of 10,000 lorries can be parked in Kent if there are no delays in the ports
Dover has room for 1,720, Manston Airport at Margate, bought by the Department for Transport, could place 4,000 and 4,500 parking spaces on the M20 – as happened then & # 39; Operation Stack & # 39; was activated in 2015
More than 10,000 trucks can be parked in Kent to take care of traffic jams from trucks on their way to France in the event of a Brexit without a deal.
The first trucks would be parked in Dover, then at Manston Airport and finally in the M20.
Dover has room for 1,720, Manston Airport near Margate, bought by the Department for Transport, could place 4,000 and 4,500 parking spaces on the M20 – as happened then & # 39; Operation Stack & # 39; was activated in 2015.
Further contingency plans that emerged in November suggested that the 10-mile-long M26 could also be taken into service for overloaded trucks.
Amber Rudd (left) has asked MPs to vote on a series of options if the May May deal were to fall. Ministers led by Sajid Javid have called for the introduction of emergency plans
The move came at a stormy cabinet meeting, with brutal confrontations between ministers about what to do if Ms. May's deal fails.
It was the last meeting of the year while Mrs. May falters to a much needed Christmas time.
What are not deal plans?
Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed £ 3billion for no deal plans to the budget in fall 2017 – all of which were issued on the day of departure.
It is issued to:
- 300 extra frontline officers for Border Force, plus 1000 employees to tackle border problems
- 1,300 extra staff at the department for environmental food and rural affairs
- Reforms of the authority for competition and markets to ensure that it can also act as a supervisor of UK State aid
- More than 100 no & # 39; notice & # 39; to advise different sectors on how to prepare for possible problems, also at the border
- Regulatory agreements that currently depend on the EU are replaced by UK versions in areas such as nuclear cooperation
Despite overwhelming opposition from Tories, the DUP, Labor, the SNP and Lib Dems, Downing Street still hopes that MPs will come to her Brexit plan during the break.
But with 101 days to go before the UK leaves and Parliament gets stuck, the prospect of a UK crash is becoming more and more real.
Ministers led by Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Andrea Leadsom have called for the implementation of contingency plans.
The cabinet got three options this morning: escalating preparations with £ 2 billion more money, keeping planning at the same level or dropping the idea of nothing at all and hoping that Mr May's deal will be accepted by MPs.
They agreed with the prime minister that the state of preparedness must be stepped up and all plans must be activated.
They advised companies to also ensure that they are prepared in the right way and to activate their no-deal plans.
Citizens must also prepare in accordance with technical notices issued in the summer and in line with further, more detailed announcements that will be published in the coming weeks.
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said today that she believes that a "managed no deal" -Brexit is possible if the premier's plan can not pass Parliament
It is said that Mr Hammond is frustrated that so far only one third of the previously allocated £ 2.2 billion of funds has been spent.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the volume of purchases last night to ensure that there is no shortage of essential drugs.
He said the NHS has become the largest buyer of refrigerators in the world, as Brexit does not plan to make a deal
In the Newsnight of the BBC, Mr. Hancock said that the plans of the health ministry on & # 39; some exceptions after & # 39; goods.
& # 39; I have become the largest buyer of refrigerators in the world, I did not expect that, "he said.
& # 39; Those tenders have been successfully completed. We are buying and building a combination of cooling capacity to ensure that we have enough for medicines. & # 39;
Although Mr. Hancock said that many of his preparations for UK failures have been successfully completed, there are questions about other departments.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is embroiled in a row with the Treasury about why ships have not yet been chartered to carry emergency supplies when the largest British ports have been blocked.