The Cabinet will today order Britain’s six million businesses to start immediate preparations for No Deal Brexit.
With just 100 days left until D-Day and negotiations stalled the likelihood of Britain withdrawing from the European Union without a deal in place is looking increasingly likely.
Labour MP David Lammy has warned a no deal Brexit would be the “single most destructive government failure in peace time” and would cause “huge damage to the economy and probable recession”.
But the Prime Minister seems willing to risk it as she steps up her threat to walk away from the EU without any agreement unless Brussels agrees to improve its terms.
A Cabinet minister said last night: “We’re going to ramp up No Deal planning as much as possible. No Deal must look credible, and the EU must be made to understand we’re serious. I think Theresa finally gets that now.”
Another source told The Sun: “We’ve published technical notices on what to do weeks ago, but businesses in particular haven’t been taking this seriously enough and have done too little.
“There needs to be a step change in behaviour across the board now, and that includes in Government too”.
Letters to the nation’s 145,000 businesses that export to the EU have now been dispatched with other businesses due to be targeted with a big information campaign through social messaging and adverts across the national media.
Theresa May had been restricting No Deal planning until now for fear of sparking a nationwide panic.
But with the clock ticking it seems the government’s hands are now tied.