Government documents reveal UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in event of no-deal Brexit

PUBLISHED: 09:27 18 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:27 18 August 2019

Anti-Brexit placards stand outside the Houses of Parliament as Brexit negotiations continue. Picture: PA/EMPICS Entertainment/Isabel Infantes

Anti-Brexit placards stand outside the Houses of Parliament as Brexit negotiations continue. Picture: PA/EMPICS Entertainment/Isabel Infantes

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Leaked official government documents reveal the UK faces a shortage of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland.

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The leaked documents were compiled by the Cabinet Office and look at the most likely aftershocks after a No-Deal Brexit, and have been revealed by the Sunday Times.

The documents claim up to 85% of trucks using the main channel crossings "may not be ready" for French customs, meaning disruption could last at least three months.

The newspaper also reports that the government believes a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be likely as current plans to avoid widespread checks will prove unsustainable.

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"Compiled this month by the Cabinet Office under the codename Operation Yellowhammer, the dossier offers a rare glimpse into the covert planning being carried out by the government to avert a catastrophic collapse in the nation's infrastructure," the newspaper writes.

"The file, marked "official-sensitive" — requiring security clearance on a "need to know" basis — is remarkable because it gives the most comprehensive assessment of the UK's readiness for a no-deal Brexit."

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: "Operation Yellowhammer reveals the truth of a No-Deal Brexit. It would have wartime implications, in peacetime, all of them self-inflicted.

"People will be horrified that Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are willing to pursue a plan that will lead to shortages of medicines, food and fuel. This is a far cry from the promises Boris Johnson made in the referendum campaign.

"Brexit has become a national humiliation. It is time to put an end to this chaos, recall parliament, remove the threat of crashing out with No Deal and secure a People's Vote with the option to remain, so we can stop Brexit altogether."

Boris Johnson has vowed to leave the European Union on October 31st with or without a deal, and is set to tell Angela Markel and Emmanuel Macron that MPs cannot stop a No-Deal Brexit.

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