This is what Brexit’s worst-case scenario might look like

“I think no deal would be absolutely catastrophic for this country,” Conservative lawmaker and former attorney general Dominic Grieve told Sky News this summer. “We’ve got to be realistic about this. We will be in a state of emergency. Basic services which you take for granted might not be available.”

Part of what has made the Brexit process so difficult is the lack of precedent. No country has ever untangled itself from an organization like the E.U.

The flow of goods between the U.K. and E.U. runs as smoothly as it does between California and Texas, with no time-consuming customs checks or paperwork. Manufacturers order goods when they need them, eliminating the need for warehouses. Food and medicine flow seamlessly across the borders with no delay.

British maternity wear maker Tiffany Rose has spent the last year planning for Brexit. Its largest export market is the E.U. and a “no-deal” Brexit would mean a big change in the way it does business.

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