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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab makes a speech outlining the government's plans for a no-deal Brexit, August 23, 2018. Photo: Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool via Getty Images

Dominic Raab, the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, today outlined steps the country should take in the event that no Brexit deal is reached with the EU.

Why it matters: Raab said 80% of the withdrawal treaty has been negotiated, and that while he hopes and expects the rest of the sticking points to be smoothed over by year's end, the British government has "a duty to plan for every eventuality." Chief among the consequences of a no deal Brexit would be the potential for shortages of medicine and medical devices.

The big picture: Raab announced that the government would today be publishing the first batch of "technical notices" explaining how the U.K. will mitigate the risks that may come with a no deal scenario. The notices validate media reports about the far-reaching consequences of a no deal Brexit, which hardline Brexiteers like Nigel Farage have attempted to dismiss as "project fear."

  • The government today asked pharmaceutical companies to increase their medicine stocks by at least 6 weeks while further contingency plans for potential shortages are developed.
  • Another paper published today warned that consumers could face increased costs and processing times when buying EU products, and that U.K. citizens living in the EU could lose access to their British-based bank accounts. It also said the 300,000 British pensioners who live in the European Economic Area are at risk of losing their benefits.
  • British humanitarian aid organizations that receive funding from the EU, and don't apply for grants from the British government before Brexit, will have no option but to terminate their programs or finance their work themselves.
  • The other notices published today address issues relating to trade, workplace rights, nuclear research, farm payments, and more. These are just the first 25 notices, with more than 50 still to come.

The bottom line: There is an extraordinary range of implications to worry about in the event of a no deal, and much of the burden will fall on businesses and private citizens to ensure they're prepared for the worst.

Go deeper: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's interview with Axios.

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Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

Former Senator Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Senator Leader Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, a revered figure in U.S. politics and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.

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