The British government's plans for a "no-deal" Brexit highlight "serious risks" including interruptions in the supply of medicines and fresh food that can release protests and general disorder.
The details of "Operation Yellowhammer" – government documents describing worst case scenarios to crash out of the EU without a deal – were published on Wednesday by Boris Johnson's government after Parliament passed legislation forcing it to disclose the documents.
It analyzes the negative impact of the UK leaving the EU on 31
The plan said that public and corporate readiness for such a result would probably be low, partly because of continued political confusion about when Brexit will actually happen.
Trucks may have to wait up to two and a half days to cross the English Channel, and British citizens could be subject to increased immigration control at EU border posts.
"Some types of fresh food supply will decrease," it said. "There is a risk that panic purchases cause or exacerbate food supply disruptions."
The British territory of Gibraltar may be particularly affected, it said, because of the imposition of controls at its border with Spain.
Disputes may also flare up in fishing areas with non-British vessels still active in British waters, while "there may also be an increase in public disorder and tensions in the community," the assessment said.
Jonathan Lis, Deputy Director of the pro-European think tank British Influence, said that the plans showed that the government had no mandate to remove the country from the EU without an agreement.
"It reveals all the disastrous consequences of a Brexit without a deal," he told Al Jazeera. "It begs the question how on earth the government can seriously strive for this in just six weeks."
The government published the Yellowhammer documents after Parliament adopted a proposal earlier this week and forced it to do so. It was also required to drop discussions between Johnson, ministers and advisers on the controversial decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks until October 14, but refused to comply with this request. Johnson has insisted that the UK will leave the EU just two weeks after that.
The "no-deal" plans confirm the "serious risks" of a non-contract Brexit scenario, said the Brexit spokesman for the UK's leading opposition laboratory. .
"It is now also more important than ever that Parliament be recalled and have the opportunity to review these documents and take all necessary steps to stop the no-deal," Keir Starmer said on Wednesday.
& # 39; No place to hide
Drew Hendry of the Scottish National Party told Al Jazeera of the Inverness information in Yellowhammer "does not come as a surprise."
He said it has been a pattern for the Conservative government to try and deny the reality of a Brexit without a deal.
"Some of these things are really very serious", Hendry said, adding that it was "unacceptable" that the British people would be the ones to pay to crash out of the EU without agreement .
The release of the documents leaves the government with "no place to hide", Hendry said, because everyone now sees in "black and white" the economic and social damage as no settlement. would cause the United Kingdom.
"And that he [Johnson] still says 'come what may', 'dies in a ditch' … 'we leave on October 31' is reprehensible," he added.
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