Leaked cabinet document lays out 'worst possible Brexit scenarios'

Cheryl Sanders
August 19, 2019

He admitted there "will be some bumps in the road, some element of disruption in the event of no-deal" but added since it was first published preparations have been stepped up.

Meanwhile, the leader of the SDLP Colum Eastwood said the leaked documents showed Boris Johnson "doesn't care" about the "complexities and fragilities of relationships in Ireland".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is prepared to charge out of the European Union regardless of whether he is able to renegotiate the Brexit deal struck with Brussels by his predecessor, Theresa May, over the next 10 weeks.

The leaked documents say the cross-government paper on preparations for a no-deal Brexit, codenamed Operation Yellowhammer, also reveal the United Kingdom could face months of disruption at its ports.

The explosive revelations marked "official-sensitive" include the expectation of a return of a hard border in Ireland due to the inability to roll-out the government's proposed limited checks. "That's why we want a deal", Gove told reporters.

The detail's contained in a leaked memo seen by The Sunday Times.

"And we have taken steps".


Sinn Féin has accused the Government of being "reckless" on Brexit.

He said: "Sadly, there are some in the House of Commons who think they can try to prevent us leaving on October 31st".

Johnson is seeking to persuade European Union leaders to reopen Brexit talks or face the prospect of its second-largest member leaving abruptly on October 31 with no deal in place to mitigate the economic shock - a move that businesses expect would cause major disruption.

"We know that a no-deal Brexit will result in food and medicine shortages".

According to Sky News, sources inside Downing Street believe that the Yellowhammer report was "deliberately" leaked by a former minister, stressing that the document's worrying conclusions were "from when ministers were blocking what needed to be done to get ready to leave and the funds were not available". Protests and civil unrest are expected across the Irish border as a no-deal Brexit causes chaos.

However, the threat of a hard border in Ireland highlighted in the document will focus minds ahead of talks between Johnson and European leaders, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

Davis warned, in particular, against any temptation Tory Remainers may feel to take hard-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn up on his offer to block Brexit if they back a takeover by him as a "caretaker" prime minister.


Opponents of no deal say it would be a disaster for what was once one of the West's most stable democracies.

Ministers were in "a real pickle" since "the U.S. has said that if that border is jeopardised, we're not going to get a trade deal with them", he added.

Johnson will also reportedly meet with EU Council President Donald Tusk before attending a G7 meeting of the world's major economies in France next weekend.

In a letter, MPs say the country is "on the brink of an economic crisis".

The government's talking points were further muddled by comments made by Michael Gove, the minister in charge of coordinating a no-deal Brexit.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller has said the Government "unequivocally" accepts that it can not close down Parliament to allow a no-deal Brexit.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that Johnson would tell Merkel that the British parliament could not stop Brexit.


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