Documents describing a worst-case scenario for no-deal Brexit released by UK government 1 year ago

Documents describing a worst-case scenario for no-deal Brexit released by UK government

"Operation Yellowhammer" is exactly as ominous as it sounds.

The opposition to UK PM Boris Johnson have renewed calls to recall UK Parliament after a six-page document was released describing the worst case scenario for Brexit.

The full document - titled Operation Yellowhammer - can be found here, but it details significant electricity price increases, shortages of some foods, delays to medicine imports to Britain, an increase in public disorder, and delays of between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half days.

The document, details of which have been leaked in recent months, says that some businesses could cease trading, the black market within the UK could grow and some adult social care providers might fail.

The document also details that this self-described 'base case' for Brexit would bring back a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, stating that the aim to avoid a hard border may be "unsustainable".

"Protests and counter-protests will take place across the UK and may absorb significant amounts of police resource," the document predicts.

"Low-income groups will be disproportionately affected by any price rises in food and fuel."

The document's predictions are as of 2 August 2019.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told BBC News:"These documents confirm the severe risks of a no-deal Brexit, which Labour has worked so hard to block.

"It is also now more important than ever that Parliament is recalled and has the opportunity to scrutinise these documents and take all steps necessary to stop no deal."

Parliament has been prorogued in the UK until mid-October, but it could be recalled after Scotland's appeals court declared that the decision was unlawful, as it was designed to stymy parliamentary debate and action on Brexit.

The declaration will now be appealed by the government, and will be finally decided by the Supreme Court next Tuesday, 17 September.