May has stepped up contingency planning in key sectors for the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement, as she struggles to persuade lawmakers to back the deal she has negotiated.
A parliamentary bid to block a no-deal Brexit was given a boost after Labour said it would whip MPs to support an amendment from backbencher Yvette Cooper, which would force the government to seek approval before making Brexit-related tax changes.
"The work to secure those assurances is ongoing", her spokesman said, adding that the prime minister hoped to have something to offer MPs before next week's vote.
"Everyone recognises that Brexit is an existential threat to the United Kingdom automotive industry and we hope a practical solution will prevail", he said, calling for lawmakers to support May's deal to guarantee a transition period.
Effectively this constrains the government's ability to act to keep its taxation system working smoothly if it pursues a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of a majority in Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa May faces an uphill battle to win parliamentary approval for a divorce agreement with the European Union, with many lawmakers in London loathe, raising the possibility of a no-deal departure.
More than 100 Tories vowed to join with Labour to defeat May's deal, prompting her to go back to Brussels to get guarantees the backstop would only ever be a temporary measure.
But with just 80 days until Brexit, preparations for a no-deal outcome have continued to accelerate.
Moves so far would be only the "tip of the iceberg" if there is a no-deal Brexit, EY said.
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The date of the vote was pushed back until after Christmas after minister accepted that the deal was heading for a crushing defeat.
The European Commission repeated on Monday that EU leaders would not renegotiate the Brexit deal agreed with May, who said she was seeking further assurances from Brussels on the deal.
British Prime Minister Theresa May's office had played down the technical impact of defeat. Some 209 of Parliament's 650 lawmakers have signed the letter to May calling on her to rule out a no-deal departure, according to former Conservative cabinet minister, Caroline Spelman, who coordinated the letter with Jack Dromey of Labour.
She also alleged her deal was the only one that respects the UK's 2016 referendum result, in which 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU.
Lorries are seen queue at the Manston Airport waiting to do a test drive to the Port of Dover during a trial of how road will cope in case of a "no-deal" Brexit, Kent, Britain, on January 7, 2019.
Mr McCornick said Scottish farmers would be put "competitively at a disadvantage" and warned of "panic buying".
Ms Cooper's proposal is aimed at restricting the Government's freedom to use the Bill to make tax changes linked to a no-deal Brexit without the "explicit consent" of Parliament.
The test was created to see what lorry traffic jams will be like if Britain leaves the European Union on March 29 without a deal.
"Parliament has now asserted its authority and sovereignty and effectively exposed the threat of no deal as an empty one". "Ensuring that we actually get the future relationship in place to replace the backstop if it's used is actually a crucial element of this".