Amat Victoria Curam - victory loves preparation. But is Brexit about to rubbish the sentiment behind that old Latin phrase?

Once again, the Government advised Irish businesses to accelerate their preparations for Brexit this weekend and avail of State supports.

That's a message that has been hammered home since 2016. However, politicians have also regularly reminded us that "there is no such thing as a good Brexit".

So despite the best preparations, anything resembling a victory looks unlikely.

At 60 days from the Brexit deadline, the Irish economy could well be hurtling towards the edge of an economic cliff.

Europe Minister Helen McEntee has said the Government's "central position has now moved from planning for a deal, to planning for a no deal".

But the Government has yet to give people clarity on what a no-deal Brexit will look like.

Journalists keep asking Cabinet ministers what will happen at the border after 31 October. Clear answers have not been forthcoming.

In the Government's defence, it is caught trying to perform a complicated balancing act. If it reveals its plans too soon, it could debase its negotiating position. If it waits too long, it will face criticism for not giving clarity to businesses and communities soon enough.

Minister McEntee admits the border issue is complicated because of the Government's twin objectives of protecting Ireland's place in the EU single market and ensuring there are no checks on the border.

She said the Government was working with the EU Commission on the details, but they "do not have the final outline yet".

All political parties in Leinster House have largely adopted the same position as the Government on Brexit. Some opposition TDs will privately say they admire Tánaiste Simon Coveney's performance so far.

There is an acknowledgement that he is caught in a very difficult position as the existential crisis unfolds in the Westminster parliament.

Fianna Fáil's deputy leader Dara Calleary told RTÉ Radio this week that his party still stands full square behind the Government. He stressed the importance of the backstop and the need for Ireland to "keep our cool and not be distracted by events in Westminster."

But his party is likely to ramp up its calls for more clarity and better communications from the Government around its plans for the border.

There is evidence that scenario planning for a no deal has been ratcheted up.

Veterinary inspectors from the Department of Agriculture have written to Irish haulage firms in the last few days.

Unless something dramatic happens, a check of goods look inevitable in an attempt to prevent a hard border. This will mean that animal products and by-products may require veterinary inspection points.

A letter seen by RTÉ shows how department officials have intensified their preparations for this scenario.

In the transport industry, a manifest is a document listing a ship's contents, cargo, passengers, and crew, for the use of customs officers.

Department officials have written to haulage companies to point out that manifests do not currently provide enough detail about cargo to determine if it requires veterinary checks.

The department has asked haulage firms to supply statistics on the amount of "UK origin goods" they import to Ireland.

The overall aim of the exercise is to "try best to quantify the amount of goods that might require veterinary checks in the event of a hard Brexit".

Dáil Éireann does not return from its summer recess until Tuesday, 17 September.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has called for it to be recalled earlier. There is a sense in Government that his call was well-intentioned. But is there anything tangible the return of the Dáil could achieve a week earlier, when the major crisis is unfolding in our neighbour's parliament?

There is merit in Mr Calleary's call for "keeping our cool" and not allowing ourselves to get distracted by events in Westminster.

That may be difficult as the House of Commons circus returns this week.

After his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 21 August, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed a "blistering timetable of 30 days" to find an agreement with the EU on the terms of Brexit.

That was 11 days ago. Nothing has happened to steer us clear of a no deal since then.

Like so many Brexit timeframes and deadlines, there is little to suggest anything will happen to secure agreement on Brexit before those 30 days pass.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said the UK has yet to put forward any "credible proposals" to replace the backstop. Can we realistically expect this to change before 31 October?

The forecast is bleak at the moment. To recall another Latin phrase: "In absentia lucis, tenebrae vincunt" - in the absence of light, darkness prevails.