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British companies excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit

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As well as being blocked from new work high tech British firms could face ‘difficulty with existing contracts a Government technical paper warns

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU will not allow Britain to participate only in some parts of the bloc's single market after Brexit without honouring all of the rules. That means any objections within her own party threaten to scupper her plans.

With six months to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, the prospects of a "no deal" have been rated at 50/50 by some UK and European ministers, and both the EU and UK have ramped up their contingency planning for such an outcome.

Papers on driving licences, passports and phone bills are among the 30 or so technical notices that the government will release on Thursday, after the cabinet holds a special three-hour meeting to consider no-deal preparations in a discussion to be led by Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab.

Raab has said that the no-deal plans were "not something we want to have to implement". "There's no deal without the whole deal", Mr Raab wrote in an article for the Daily Telegraph.

The British government will later Thursday publish 28 "technical notices" covering issues as varied as mobile phone roaming charges and upholding environmental standards.

The National Audit Office previously estimated that as many as 7 million British drivers would apply for new worldwide driving permits in the first year after a potential no-deal Brexit.

The UK may not be able to guarantee surcharge-free mobile roaming if it leaves the European Union with no deal.

It has outlined the prospects in one of the Government's new round of notices, in this case focused on satellites and space programmes, on the effects of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal next March.

Monday´s reports that Michel Barnier, the EU´s top negotiator, told a forum in Slovenia that it was "realistic" to expect a Brexit deal in six to eight weeks helped send the pound sharply higher to $1.3052, its highest level since August 2.

The latest batch of papers setting out government preparations and advice in case Brexit talks fail also reveal additional red tape for businesses trading with Europe and would even remove the United Kingdom from the early warning system for space debris falling out of orbit. Those documents detailed how Britain faces a shortage of sperm if there's no deal, as well as higher credit card charges, slower service and more regulation.

The news was one of the more eye-catching items in a government assessment of the disruption to Britain's economy and daily life that would be caused by a "no deal" Brexit.

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