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UK Brexit Minister slams EU 'no deal' guidance: report

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Britain's has criticised the for preparing for a no-deal scenario once the leaves the bloc, according to a letter published today by

Writing to British last month, Davis criticised the for adopting measures in the event a deal is not reached before the UK's exit in March 2019.

He also took aim at agencies for issuing guidance to businesses on the post-landscape, covering everything from company to transport, without mentioning the possibility of a transition period.

The EU's approach "is frequently damaging to interests", the wrote, according to extracts published by

May's declined to comment on the report.

Davis told the he would appeal to the to change its guidance and warned the EU's current stance amounted to "potential breaches of the UK's rights as a member state".

A legal challenge would however be high-risk and lengthy, Davis said he had been told by advisers.

rejected Davis's complaint that was being treated differently to other members.

"In the we are somehow surprised that the is surprised that we're preparing for a scenario announced by the itself," Commission told journalists today.

While is pinning its hopes on a two-year transition deal after it leaves the bloc in 2019, leading to a trade deal with the EU, May last year said no deal "is better than a bad deal".

Referring to May's speech, Schinas said: "We take these words by the very seriously so it is only natural that in this house we also prepare for every eventuality."

The letter was described as "extraordinary" by Scottish

"A government intent on leaving EU and continually talking about prospect of 'no deal' moaning about EU preparing to treat UK as a non member and for the possibility of 'no deal'.

"Unbelievable - or rather, increasingly believable from this inept UK government," she wrote on

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 20:20 IST