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5 weird and unexpected ways a no deal Brexit would impact Britain



Dominic Raab
Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab makes a speech outlining
the government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit, August 23, 2018 in
London, England.


LONDON — The UK government published its first batch of no deal
Brexit planning notices on Thursday.

The government is set to release a total of 84 notices over the
next few weeks, outlining how all aspects of British life are
being prepared for the possibility of Britain leaving the
European Union without a deal.

On Thursday, Raab unveiled 25 notices, with the rest set to
follow soon. The notices, which Raab described as “sensible,
measured, and proportionate,” confirmed some things which have
been widely reported already.

For example, a no deal Brexit would make it more complicated and
time-consuming for UK companies to export goods to the EU,
consequently creating costly delays at British borders and
slowing down cross-border trade.

However, the notices published on Thursday revealed more
unexpected and bizarre ways leaving the EU without a deal — as
endorsed by some hardcore Brexiteers — would impact day-to-day
life in the UK.

Cigarette packets will look totally different

cigarette tax stamps are pictured on packs of cigarettes at a
liquor store in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012.
Californians will vote next week on Proposition 29, which would
increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.00


A no deal Brexit would force UK tobacco companies to come up with
whole new packaging for their products in time for exit day at
the end of March 2019. By packaging, we mean pictures of
unhealthy lungs and other body parts you often see pictured on
cigarette packets. That’s because “existing picture library is
owned by the European Commission,” meaning UK companies would no
longer have the right to use the pictures they use now.

Tobacco companies would have to pay for some new artwork — and

Credit card transactions will be more expensive

Credit CardJoe
Raedle/Getty Images

A no deal Brexit would increase the cost of card payments to the
. Without a Brexit deal, UK-EU credit card transactions
will become more expensive, meaning online shopping with certain
companies will cost you more.

The government did not specify how much it expects card payment
costs to rise. However, cross-border payments would no longer be
protected by a ban on businesses from charging people extra for
using specific payment methods.

Here’s the key extract from the first batch of no deal notices:

“The cost of card payments between the UK and EU will likely
increase, and these cross-border payments will no longer be
covered by the surcharging ban (which prevents businesses from
being able to charge consumers for using a specific payment

These changes could impact some popular services in the UK,
like Uber. If you look at any
receipt for an Uber journey in the UK, you’ll see Uber processes
the payment for your ride through its Dutch subsidiary, Uber BV,
based in Amsterdam. Given that Amsterdam is in the EU, it could
be hit by any rise under a “no deal” scenario.

British expats could lose their pensions

British expatsDavid

Under a no deal Brexit, there would be a risk of EU citizens
living on the continent who have bank accounts in the UK —
including Brits abroad — of losing access to certain elements of
their bank accounts.

The notes warn that British expats “may lose the ability to
access existing lending and deposit services, insurance contracts
(such as life insurance contracts and annuities) due to UK firms
losing their rights to passport into the EEA.”

This means thousands of British expats and EU citizens could lose
access to their pensions, and financial services like
money-borrowing and life insurance.

The organic food industry could be in crisis

Organic foodScott

One industry which will be nervous after reading today’s notices
is the UK organic food industry.

Under a no deal Brexit, organic farmers in the UK would have
reduced access to the single market and would longer have
relevant authorisation to export their goods to buyers in the EU.

Organic food sellers would need to be “certified by an organic
control body recognised by the EU to operate in the UK,” the
notes say, adding that approval can take up to nine months. Only
until being certified by EU authorities will UK organic food
companies be able to resume trading with the EU. Nine months is a
long time.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers Union, warned:
“Not only would this be hugely disruptive but it threatens
livelihoods and businesses in the UK.”

Tim Farron, Lib Dem MP and supporter of the anti-Brexit group
Best For Britain, added: “A nine-month wait for organic farmers
to sell their produce into their biggest market would see farmers
up and down the country wiped out.”

We might not have enough sperm

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Di Lauro/Getty

The UK imports a lot of sperm. In fact, last year it imported
around 4,000 samples from the USA, and 3,000 from Denmark, which
is an EU member state. Imports come from some other EU member
states, too. These samples go to UK sperm banks and are given to
women who want to achieve pregnancy.

Under a no deal Brexit, the UK would be forced to sign agreements
with individual commercial sperm exporters in order for sperm
transportation to continue as it does now. Signing new agreements
could take time, and these agreements could with new border
checks, meaning the movement of sperm could be slower.

In the meantime, the UK might have to start producing more of its
own sperm.

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