Prepare for a no-deal Brexit, is the message from the German government to other EU states.
That's according to an internal document from Berlin seen by Reuters.
It casts doubt on Britain's optimism that there'll be an early deal on its future relations with the bloc.
Britain quit the European Union at the end of January, and is now in a transition phase.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has no intention of extending the transition beyond 2020, and he's impatient for a deal.
This was Johnson on Monday: "Well what we already said today is that the faster we can do this, the better.
We see no reason why you shouldn't get that done in July and the issue is very clear." The German government document, dated June 15, says Britain is "escalating threats in Brussels" and wants to settle as much as possible, as quickly as possible.
It expected negotiations to enter a "hot phase" from September and that there would be no transition.
So contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit should start right away.
There are concerns in Brussels that its position and that of London remain far apart.
And with no transition and so little time left to negotiate, a cliff edge looms that could cause serious economic damage.
More than £700 million is to be spent on building new infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure Britain’s border systems are fully operational when the UK leaves the EU at the end of the year.Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the major investment would ensure traders and the border industry are able to “manage the changes and seize the opportunities” when the transition period ends in December.
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The Prime Minister has urged people to wear face coverings in confined places when meeting others they do not normally come into contact with. He added that people should start returning to work when they can.
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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on Boris Johnson to apologise for his comments on care homes.Sir Keir said: “On Monday, when asked why care home deaths had been so high the Prime Minister said, and I quote, ‘too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have’.“That has caused huge offence to frontline care workers. It has now been 48 hours. Will the Prime Minister apologise to care workers?”Mr Johnson replied: “The last thing I wanted to do is to blame care workers for what has happened or for any of them to think that I was blaming them because they’ve worked hard, incredibly hard, throughout this crisis, looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our country and doing an outstanding job.”“And as he knows, tragically, 257 of them have lost their lives.“And when it comes to taking blame, I take full responsibility for what has happened.”
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson evaded questions from Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer over reports that free parking for hospital staff will soon end. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Boris Johnson has said he takes full responsibility for care home failures throughout the coronavirus outbreak. The Prime Minister’s comments come after opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer urged him to apologise for blaming care staff for failures. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Amazon's global ecommerce sales will reach $416.48 billion in 2020, according to Business Insiders latest latest estimates. Consumers are relying more heavily on e-commerce due to COVID-19. The new figure is about $12 billion more than our pre-pandemic estimates. Most of Amazon's sales come from the US. However, the pandemic has also fueled growth in Germany, the UK and Japan.
It's the first visit of the German Chancellor to Brussels since Germany took the reins of the EU Council presidency. She is addressing MEPs who want a bigger role in budget talks. She is hoping to get a deal, which includes the parliament's approval, on the trillion-euro recovery package.View on euronews
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Protest demonstrations were held in Balochistan and Europe on Sunday against the forceful abduction of Baloch political leaders and intellectuals by Pakistan intelligence agencies. In Quetta city of Balochistan province, a protest demonstration was held by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons in to demand the release of abducted Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch and Dr Akbar Marri. Similarly, to mark the 11 years of Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch's abduction The Baloch National Movement, a pro Independence Party of Balochistan protested in Berlin city of Germany. The protesters also raised the issue of abductions, Pakistani oppression and gross human rights violations in Balochistan. The protesters also raised slogans against the abduction of Dr Deen Jan and demanded his immediate releases along with other Baloch missing persons.
The people of London are divided on whether face coverings should be made compulsory in all public spaces. Though they all agree they do make a difference in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Report by Czubalam. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Last-minute British holidaymakers have embraced the “new normal” travel experience by heading to Ibiza on the first weekend of the relaxation of UK quarantine rules.More than 500 sun-seekers travelling on flights from Manchester and London to the Spanish island on Saturday were among the first guests with TUI, the UK’s largest tour operator, which has restarted limited operations.It follows amendments to the Government’s blanket travel quarantine rules, which mean people visiting or returning to the UK from certain countries, including Spain, no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks.
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Hollywood star Johnny Depp told London's High Court on Friday that his ex-wife Amber Heard or her friend had defecated in their bed in what he described as a "fitting end to the relationship." Adam Reed reports.