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According to Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, the UK is heading towards the no-deal Brexit door.

Just as Theresa May and Michel Barnier were squaring off over the PM's Chequers based Brexit deal, the ardent Tory Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg was presenting an LBC radio phone in saying that in his estimation the UK is heading for a 'no deal Brexit'.

"I think we are heading to WTO and I think WTO is nothing to be frightened of. – he said

"I think we should carry on negotiating until the end. I don't think we necessarily need the theatrics of walking away, but the truth is that WTO is likely to be all that they will offer us."

The UK may keep negotiating but the EU and especially the Irish Republic are seeing the PM's White Paper as a starting point for more compromise in the direction of the EU.

The vice president of the European Parliament, and MEP for Ireland's governing Fine Gael party, Mairead McGuinness, said:

"It's a starting point, it's not an end deal.

"I think the British Prime Minister set out red lines too early on and too deeply.

"We are prepared to show flexibility if the British Prime Minister can show flexibility."

The trouble is that Mrs May has probably reached the end of the road on any possible compromises she can give, considering that the Chequers deal went far beyond what the Brexiteers and many members in her own party were willing to contemplate.

It is now sinking in, we are either in, or we are out.

That includes all the agencies from medicine to space.

The UK needs to cut the cord at the earliest opportunity (two years ago would have been good) and strike out on its own.

There is no room in the EU for a half member such as that pushed by Remainers who want the UK as close to the EU as possible so that we can be quickly taken back in at the drop of a general election.

There is also then no need for the UK to prop up the failing EU with £39 billion. Let them buy their way into our lucrative UK internal market like everyone else has to.

And we need to extract our defence and security organisations from the clutches of the Eurocrats as well.

And to those preaching Brexageddon, the Executive Director of Europe Economics, Andrew Lilico, told Channel 4 News that:

"If we end up with absolutely no deal at all then of course you would probably expect some very brief period of some sort of disruption. It would not be total chaos but it would be a very brief period of very considerable disruption if you were to go down that path."

He also said something else that I partly agree with, that at the last moment enough arrangements will be put in place to ensure the least disruption to both sides.

I think that at the end of the day WTO rules will be the way we go but it will be done on a basis of getting the job done and keeping trade flowing rather than aon a basis of animosity.

This should always have been our starting point and maybe we would actually have come to a better arrangement. Now it will now take a few years after Brexit Day to achieve that with both sides maintaining their own political and territorial integrity to the extent that they want to.

But Andrew Lilico did also add that any such arrangement we come to would be seen as enough to get the UK to hand over the so-called Brexit divorce payment of £39 billion. Now that is something I do not want to see happen.

I do sometimes get the feeling that this totally voluntary payment of about £40 billion is more about ensuring the EU does not go immediately belly-up the day after we've left, rather than to honour any payments we owe the EU. After all, the thinking goes, who wants a failed state on their doorstep?! But this would be brought about by EU central bank rules and I say let them change their oh so precious financial rules to deal with it, because it is not our concern anymore!

And the EU is having more migration problems as its latest proposal to have migrant 'disembarkation platforms' in Africa to circumvent the need for people trafficker boats has ground to a halt after Libya decided it wanted nothing to do with such camps.

Not only that, but the EU/India free trade deal has also hit the buffers with the Times Of India saying that negotiators are now saying they might as well hang on for the UK to leave the EU then do a deal with us, because that is where the bulk of opportunity lies.

And finally, just in case you missed it, the UK has actually just got its first no-deal Brexit legislation through to Royal Assent!

Guido Fawkes reports that the Ministry of Transport is pleased that it is ahead of the no-deal Brexit curve with the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act, which provides rules for both a deal and a no deal regarding the licensing of road haulage drivers.

Sounds like a small start but it is pretty significant given the amount of goods transported on today's roads.

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