Michael Gove will launch a new 'rapid rebuttal unit'

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Michael Gove will launch a new 'rapid rebuttal unit' at the heart of Government on Monday to provide instant responses to "media myths and half-truths" about the risks of a no-deal Brexit.  The new Response Unit will be run by civil servants in the Cabinet Office and will ensure that "the public and businesses are not being alarmed by scare stories or falsehoods ", The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

Senior Government figures are known to have become frustrated over the anti-no deal stories aired by the BBC in recent days, notably one about cows being slaughtered in Northern Ireland after a no deal exit.

Last week BBC2's Newsnight programme reported that 45,000 dairy cows could be culled in Northern Ireland, in the event of a no-deal Brexit if new higher tariffs were applied to British milk despite Defra saying that a cull is "absolutely not something that the government anticipates nor is planning for in the event of no-deal".

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Individual departments will be tasked by the unit - which is overseen by Mr Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who is coordinating no deal planning in the Cabinet Office - with rebutting articles that officials feel exaggerate or misrepresent the dangers of leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31.

First reported on The Telegraph

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