"In a "no deal" scenario, businesses should be aware that it is possible that there will be no agreement on jurisdiction over live European Union merger and antitrust cases to the extent that they address effects on United Kingdom markets", the government's technical notice on merger review and anti-competitive activity if there's no Brexit deal said. The paper says the Government is trying to clarify with the European Commission whether the United Kingdom will lose access, and whether United Kingdom organisations will still be able to bid for Copernicus contracts tendered through the EU. Organisations and businesses are preparing for a no deal.
"While there remain some substantive differences we need to resolve, it is clear our teams are closing in on workable solutions to the outstanding issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, and are having productive discussions in the right spirit on the future relationship", Raab said.
Still, the notices offer a glimpse of just how complicated the government believes the divorce could become after 46 years inside the European club.
Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "The only reason the government is talking about no-deal is because the Tory civil war on Europe prevents the prime minister from negotiating a good deal".
"Businesses now face the frustration of yet another wait for further answers", BCC Director General Adam Marshall said. And don't doubt that many Tory MPs are adamant they simply won't vote for the kind of proposal Theresa May has put on the table.
The potential consequences of a no-deal Brexit were spelled out by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at a special meeting of the Cabinet when he warned ministers of a 35% crash in house prices over three years in a worst case scenario.
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The BOE declined to comment. The government says this can be avoided by exchanging United Kingdom driving licences before 29 March 2019.
They are hopeful that next week European Union leaders will give helpful hints at a special meeting in Salzburg.
All EU states are also stepping up their planning for a no deal scenario. They also have a strong incentive to deny the United Kingdom a deal so attractive it might encourage others to follow the British example.
Mr Barnier told a forum in Slovenia: "If we are realistic, we are able to reach an agreement on the first stage of the negotiation, which is the Brexit treaty, within six or eight weeks".
Raab said that he had "no doubt the uncertainty around the negotiations will have an impact on business" but insisted the overall news for the economy this week was "positive".
"This shows the ludicrousness of the Tory Brexit agenda and also how little knowledge, appreciation or care they have for people in areas like Derry, which is essentially a cross-border city, and the many thousands across the north who drive across the border every day to work or study". The question of how America will influence the course of Brexit, the expert did not answer.