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Brexit: Freedom of movement 'will end' says the government

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Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has said EU free movement rules will end immediately if there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Theresa May had considered phasing out the rules if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, but those plans have now been dropped. The change would affect the rights of EU citizens who arrive in the UK from November onwards. A Lib Dem MP has criticised the move as "irresponsible and reckless". Under Mrs May, two options had been considered to prolong the rules, which allow EU nationals to live and work freely in other countries in the bloc, under no deal. One option was for the rules to be extended until January 2021, and another was to allow EU c...

Jeremy Corbyn: General election will stop Brexit 'crisis'

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No-deal Brexit: What is the UK doing to get ready? To stop that automatic election taking place, the existing government, or an alternative one formed during that period, must persuade MPs to pass a vote of confidence. Within the two weeks, Mr Corbyn wants to become a temporary PM, then delay Brexit and call a snap election. There are no firm rules about who, if anyone, should get the chance to form an alternative government during the 14-day period. Speaking after his speech, Mr Corbyn said the "constitutional precedent" was for the leader of the opposition to "take over" if a government collapses. However Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has suggested Mr Corbyn would fail to get MPs' sup...

Leaked no-deal Brexit papers reveal food, fuel and medicine shortages now expected by government

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Food, fuel and medicine shortages will quickly follow a no-deal Brexit which will trigger three months of border chaos, leaked government documents admit.The dossier also warns that new border checks would be needed in Ireland – contradicting repeated denials that the red line, risking the return of terrorism, would be crossed.The Cabinet Office even warns of the risk of a “failure” in chemical supplies, undermining Boris Johnson ’s boast that “there will be clean drinking water, whatever the deal we do”.From extras.Significantly, the documents set out the most likely consequences of a crash-out Brexit on 31 October, rather than worst-case scenarios.Border delays could “affect fuel distribut...