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Coveney plays down speculation of "no-deal" Brexit

Coveney plays down speculation of

Tory Eurosceptics have voiced concerns that Mr Raab's department has been sidelined by Number 10 and Mrs May's Europe adviser Olly Robbins, amid increasing speculation that divisions within the Conservative camp may result in no deal.

Raab told the Exiting the European Union Select Committee yesterday that the changes would create "a single consolidated team in the right place and the right level of ministerial responsibility, and the statement codified what we soon came to agree on".

Mr Raab insisted the new arrangements were aimed at ensuring a coherent approach. "A further £75m will be available for trusts to replace paper-based systems with electronic systems, which Hancock said could reduce medication errors by up to 50 percent".

Challenged about the prospect of a "no-deal" outcome, Mr Raab said that while there would be "uncertainty" in the short-term "I think long-term actually we would still be able to thrive".

"It's about making sure we will be able to continue to do the things that are necessary once we have left he European Union if we leave without a deal".

"I am going to bring to (Michel) Barnier and to the whole enterprise as much energy as I can. I want to see technology that releases funding to save lives elsewhere - on cancer survival rates for example - where we still lag behind the best in the world".

Theresa May said the British public should take "reassurance and comfort" from Government preparations for a no-deal Brexit after it emerged plans were being developed to stockpile food and medicines.

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The two sides also discussed the UK's goals for future economic ties with its biggest trading partner. Welcome to the sunlit uplands of Brexit folks.

"We are continuing to prepare the legislation needed to implement the withdrawal agreement in United Kingdom law and we will publish a white paper tomorrow setting out more details on this", Martin Callanan told the upper house of Britain's parliament.

"While we're doing that we're going to work for a really good deal that's in the interests of people living here in the United Kingdom".

Both sides say they want to finalise a deal in October to give the United Kingdom and European parliaments time to approve it before Britain's departure from the EU on March 29.

Mr Raab repeated the government's intention to reach a deal for an European Union summit in October, to allow for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to pass through parliament by early 2019. This would allow for the new Bill to pass through Parliament in late 2018 and early 2019.

In Brussels, officials will discuss the future relationship, the Ireland-Northern Ireland situation and the remaining issues in the withdrawal agreement.