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The government’s no-deal preparations have left businesses in the dark

Traders urgently need clearer guidance on what to do next   

By Anna Jerzewska   

Home Secretary Priti Patel, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during a visit to the Port of Dover for a meeting with port officials about the work they are doing to ensure the UK's smooth exit from the European Union.

With Brexit less than 100 days away, the prospect of no deal is more likely than ever. The UK’s transitional border plans were released in February ahead of the March deadline. Increasingly large sums have been spent on preparation. But many companies aren’t ready. As a result of no deal, what presently are considered moving goods within the EU would become imports and exports and as such many UK companies would need to familiarise themselves with customs and border procedures for the first time.

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