Leaked Docs: UK Faces Vast Shortages in No-Deal Brexit

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

A hard border would be required on the island of Ireland in the event of a "No Deal" Brexit according to the British government.

The leaked batch of documents, compiled by the Cabinet Office under the codename "Operation Yellowhammer", were published by the Sunday Times.

Britain would face gridlock at ports, shortages of medicine, fuel and food and a hard border with Ireland if it leaves the European Union with no deal, according to a leaked government document.

But a more pressing concern for Boris Johnson's government is the need to calm the uproar generated by a leaked document that presents an alarming picture of the consequences of a no-deal brexit.

The memos also warn of "significant" disruptions to drug supplies that could last for up to six months.

Mr Gove also claimed some MPs were "frustrating" the government's chances of securing a new deal with the EU.

The leaking of Operation Yellowhammer documents is an attempt to undermine upcoming European Union negotiations, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said.

Responding to one of the authors of the Sunday Times article on Twitter, Gove said: "Yellowhammer is a worst-case scenario - v significant steps have been taken in the last 3 weeks to accelerate Brexit planning".

They added that the document "is from when ministers were blocking what needed to be done to get ready to leave and the funds were not available".

It was leaked ahead of Mr Johnson's planned talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron later this week.

European leaders have repeatedly rejected reopening an accord agreed by May past year but then rejected by British lawmakers on three occasions, despite Johnson's threats that the country will leave then without an agreement.

"Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis, as we career towards a no-deal Brexit", said the letter, signed by MPs and opposition party leaders who want to halt Britain's departure from the EU.

Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron that there must be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip overseas as Prime Minister.

"It seems to me is what we've seen is a hard-headed assessment of reality, that sets out in really stark terms what a calamitous outcome of no-deal Brexit would mean for the United Kingdom", lawmaker Nick Thomas-Symonds told Sky News television.

Opponents of a no-deal Brexit have used the poll as evidence that Mr Johnson - who has vowed to take Britain out of Europe on October 31 "do or die" - doesn't have a mandate to leave without a deal.

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