Operation Yellowhammer: UK releases 'no-deal' Brexit documents predicting delays at border

There may be an increase in public disorder putting a strain on police resources

There may be an increase in public disorder putting a strain on police resources

The UK was set to exit the European Union on October 31, but a law passed by opposition MPs last week - joined by rebels from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's own Conservative Party - forces the government to ask Europe for another delay until an agreement is reached on trade, immigration, borders and residency, among other issues, in a post-Brexit world.

Goods and services including vital medical supplies could face significant disruption in crossing the English Channel for up to six months according to "worse case scenario" plans drawn up by the United Kingdom government.

"These documents confirm the severe risks of a no-deal Brexit, which Labour has worked so hard to block", Starmer said after seeing the documents, adding that the government has been "completely irresponsible" for ignoring "stark warnings".

I have asked officials to prepare for publication a summary of the planning assumptions and mitigations that the Government of Jersey has pursued, in order to prepare for a No Deal Brexit.

"We are spending the money on doing lots of things to mitigate those assumptions", he told the BBC. It says because of new checks, the number of trucks crossing between Calais and Dover would fall between 40% and 60% within a day, and disruptions could last three months.

The report detailed how food prices will rise, that there will be a reduction in the availability of medical supplies and other essentials, which would also lead to riots and other civil unrest.

Parliament was prorogued - suspended - on Monday until October 14, a move Johnson's opponents said was created to thwart their attempts to scrutinize his plans for leaving the European Union and to allow him to push through a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

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.

There could be ‘significant’ traffic queues at the Port of Dover in Kent
There could be ‘significant’ traffic queues at the Port of Dover in Kent

It analyses the negative consequences if Britain leaves the European Union on October 31 without a divorce deal.

Everything that was classed as "Project Fear" - a smear campaign against those who support staying in the European Union - will come true in a no-deal Brexit, according to the details from the government's Operation Yellowhammer contingency plan.

The government refused to comply with the second of part of MP's request, which demanded the release of messages in relation to the suspension of parliament and Yellowhammer.

The U.K. Supreme Court is set to consider next week whether the shutdown should be reversed, after conflicting rulings in lower courts.

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was meant to stymie lawmakers, prompting opponents to question whether Johnson had lied to Elizabeth, the world's longest reining monarch, who must formally order the prorogation.

Last week the High Court in London said the decision was inherently political and "not a matter for the courts".

The U.K. Supreme Court is due to make the final on all the cases after a hearing next week.

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