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UK to publish tips for event of no-deal Brexit on Thursday

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The British government plans to begin publishing its first technical notices on Thursday for the public in the event that the country crashes out of the European Union (EU) without a deal, the prime minister's office has said.

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The first of the explanatory documents are expected from the British Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) within days and are designed to inform citizens and businesses how to cope with a no-deal scenario.

As the March 2019 Brexit is drawing near, London and Brussels find the chances for a no-deal Brexit is increasing. British Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers visited other EU countries to rally European support her latest Brexit proposals, hammered out at Chequers in early July.

May set out the Chequers plan to create a free trade area for goods and agricultural products between Britain and the EU, in effect keeping the sector under EU single market rules and ensuring an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

All 84 of the notices are due to be published before the end of September. Some are thought to be broad in scope, covering issues like financial services, company law and climate change, while others will focus on specific problems including traveling abroad with pets.

Two days before the first publication, British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will travel to Brussels in a bid to pick up the pace of talks with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the prime minister's office added.

The plan was released as the co-founder of fashion brand Superdry donated a million pounds (1.28 million U.S. dollars) to the campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit agreement.

"On the agenda will be resolving the few remaining withdrawal issues related to the UK leaving the EU and pressing ahead with discussions on the future relationship," Downing Street said of Tuesday's planned summit.

Raab is also due to give a speech outlining how the government plans to mitigate the potential risks of leaving the EU without a deal and ensure continuity and stability.

It comes amid The Independent newspaper's campaign for a Final Say on any Brexit deal. More than 660,000 people have signed the petition, and The Independent has joined forces with the People's Vote campaign for a mass march through central London later this year.

Almost half of the technical notices have been drawn up by either the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Chris Grayling's Department for Transport and the Treasury have also played prominent roles. Planning is being coordinated by DExEU.

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