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Food shortages and price rises: The no-deal Brexit documents the government didn’t want to release

Written by on 11/09/2019

The government has released documents relating to its “Operation Yellowhammer” preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Having been ordered to reveal the details by MPs, the six pages published on the government website warn of delays lasting three months at Channel crossings, “significant” electricity price rises and impacts on medicine and food supplies.

The documents have been released after opposition MPs defeated the government in the House of Commons on Monday to demand their publication.

They had also demanded the release of private messages between key Downing Street aides – including on WhatsApp and Facebook – over Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament.

But the government has refused this request, describing it as “inappropriate”.

The “reasonable worst case planning assumptions” of Operation Yellowhammer details:

  • The worst disruption at Channel crossings might last for up to three months before improving
  • Lorries could face maximum delays of up to two-and-a-half days
  • Immigration delays for UK holidaymakers at the Channel Tunnel, ferry crossings and airports
  • “Significant” electricity price rises
  • Medicine supplies will be “particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays”
  • Supplies of some fresh food will decrease, while prices will also rise
  • Disruption in law enforcement data sharing between the UK and EU

Some of the Operation Yellowhammer details had already been leaked to the Sunday Times earlier this month.

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