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Brexit - as it happened: Government publishes tranche of documents on no-deal 'risks', including roaming charges and driving licences

Ashley Cowburn
Political Correspondent
,Jon Sharman
Thursday 13 September 2018 10:11 BST
What does a no-deal Brexit mean?

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has published the second tranche of technical notes, outlining the government’s preparations for crashing out of the EU without a deal.

In the papers, it was revealed that UK driving licences may no longer be valid in the bloc and that vehicles made in Britain could no longer be sold on the continent in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

On data roaming charges for mobile phone customers, the detailed documents said the government could not guarantee that UK citizens using their phone in the EU would not be hit with higher charges.

But ministers said Britain’s biggest operators, including Vodafone and Three, have already made clear they had no current plans to hike roaming charges after Brexit.

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Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 08:40
Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 08:40
Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 08:40

Speaking this morning, Dominic Raab said warnings the UK would not pay all of its £39 billion divorce bill were a "statement of fact", not a threat.

He said it was "unlikely" there would be no deal but the EU could not "cherry pick" the parts of the negotiations that had gone well if that happened.

Mr Raab told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's not a threat, it's statement of fact as part of our no-deal planning that, yes, we would be mindful of our strict legal obligations, but the amount and the phased way it is set out in the withdrawal agreement would fall away because there would be no deal.

"It's not a threat and it's not an ultimatum, it's a statement of fact. I don't say anything outside of the negotiation room that I haven't and wouldn't directly to our EU friends and partners, and I think it is well understood on both sides."

Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 09:01
Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 09:20

The day after the UK's security minister admitted the pair smuggled a chemical weapon through an airport baggage check, the editor of RT - formerly Russia Today - claims the men suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal will appear on her TV channel.

Margarita Simonyan asked and answered a series of questions about how the interview had come to pass.

She tweeted: "How did you find them? I did not look for them. More precisely, our editorial staff searched for them in the same way as all other professional editions: on social networks, sources, etc.

"As a result, real (as far as it can be checked) Petrov and Boshirov called me personally. On the mobile phone. Why me? They refused to give interviews to anyone else, not even our journalists, as they said, they know me on the air and read my social networks."

The original interview was in Russian and has been translated, Ms Simonyan added.

Last week Theresa May told MPs the two men accused of carrying out the novichok attack in Salisbury were members of Russian military intelligence, and that their mission had been approved at "a senior level of the Russian state".

Jon Sharman13 September 2018 09:43

This morning Dominic Raab was also grilled about the potential return of mobile roaming charges after Brexit.

He claimed they would be "limited" but stopped short of committing to a full ban on their reintroduction.

Two companies - Vodafone and Three - have already said they will not impose the charges anew, Mr Raab said.

All extra charges for phone calls, texts and internet use on mobile phones within the EU were eliminated in June 2017.

Jon Sharman13 September 2018 10:01

Theresa May's 100,000-entry immigration target is unreachable, according to a former Home Office civil servant.

Sir David Normington said Brexit was unlikely to lead to a reduction in the number of migrants coming to the UK.

The former permanent secretary also said it would be "very difficult" to keep tabs on the number of people leaving and arriving in Britain without the introduction of identity cards.

Sir David said a hard cap on migration would be "very inflexible" and would probably not be met in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Jon Sharman13 September 2018 10:18
Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 10:33

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, is currently delivering her major speech on Labour's immigration policy. 

This is what she is expected to talk about: 

My colleague Rob Merrick, who is at the event, has just tweeted this: 

Ashley Cowburn13 September 2018 10:38

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