Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declared that preparing the country for a WTO Brexit at the end of October is now his “top priority”.
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In a letter to civil servants, he has said: “My approach to Brexit is simple, and I want you to be in no doubt about it.
“We must restore trust in our democracy, and fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people, by coming out of the European Union on 31 October.
“We will be leaving on this date, whatever the circumstances.
“I would very much prefer to leave with a deal – one that must abolish the anti-democratic Irish backstop, which has unacceptable consequences for our country. But I recognise this may not happen.
“That is why preparing urgently and rapidly for the possibility of an exit without a deal will be my top priority, and it will be the top priority for the Civil Service too.”
Those words come amid a report in The Times that the government are preparing a fund to help businesses with any disruption caused by a No Deal Brexit.
Once again the government are talking a good game in terms of preparation and intent – but will they deliver?