Brexit: UK govt publishes worst case scenario documents

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2019

The government was forced to make the report public by the United Kingdom parliament. The worst disruption could last for up to three months.

It also said that a no-deal exit could trigger major protests and even riots.

"In reality we will certainly be ready for a no-deal Brexit if we have to do it and I stress again that's not where we intend to end up".

The government said the Operation Yellowhammer document published on Wednesday revealed a worst-case scenario only, and that it had to prepare for all contingencies.

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve said it was extraordinary that a United Kingdom government "is content on inflicting on the British public the level of disruption which is set out in the Yellowhammer papers".

"I'm pretty confident that we can avoid disruption in Kent", he told the BBC.

He said "accelerated progress" had been made since the Yellowhammer report was drafted on August 2.

The government refused to comply with another part of Parliament's demand - that it hand over emails and texts among officials and aides discussing the government's decision to suspend Parliament for more than a month ahead of the Brexit deadline.

Michael Gove, the minister in charge of coordinating "no-deal" preparations, said then that the document was old and did not reflect current levels of preparedness.

The Yellowhammer document also states clearly that "certain types of fresh food supply will decrease", and although widespread food shortages are unlikely, reduced availability will likely drive up prices.

Meanwhile, MPs also voted for all internal correspondence and communications between people advising the government related to Brexit to be handed over for scrutiny.

Then on Tuesday Johnson suspended Parliament for five weeks until October 14, sparking outrage among legislators and several legal challenges. The cases go to the Supreme Court for a final ruling next week.

However, one of Boris Johnson's most senior cabinet colleagues said that ministers were ultimately responsible and accountable for actions parliament take, so, therefore, it is "inappropriate in principle and in practice, would on its own terms purport to require the government to contravene the law, and is singularly unfair to the named individuals" to release those communications.

Mr Johnson insists he suspended Parliament so that he can launch a fresh domestic agenda at a new session next month.

"Boris Johnson must now admit that he has been dishonest with the British people about the outcome of a No Deal Brexit".

He said: "The Tory government may have shut down Parliament to avoid scrutiny, but it can not continue to duck from its responsibilities or accountability over its chaotic and damaging Brexit plans". An open border is crucial to the regional economy and underpins the peace process that ended decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

"Virtually all of the assembled evidence belongs to the world of politics, both national and supra-national", he said.

Mr Johnson said the government is waiting to hear an appeal next week against the Scottish court ruling by the Supreme Court, the United Kingdom's highest judicial body, and he respected the independence of the judges.

Johnson's envoy David Frost has been holding talks in Brussels this week but no breakthrough has been made, and the European Union says it is still waiting for firm proposals from the United Kingdom.

"But if we have to come out on October 31st with no-deal we will be ready and the ports will be ready and the farming communities will be ready, and all the industries that matter will be ready for a no-deal Brexit".

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