A no deal Brexit could result in delays lasting three months at Channel crossings, “significant” electricity price rises and impacts on medicine and food supplies after The Government was forced into releasing the Yellowhammer” preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.
The five page document reveals that Lorries could face maximum delays of two-and-a-half days before being able to cross the UK border and warns of possible immigration delays for UK holidaymakers at the Channel Tunnel, ferry crossings and airports.
It warns of “significant amounts” of police time being taken up by protests and a possible rise in public disorder, panic buying in supermarkets with the end of the UK growing season and preparations for Christmas also increasing pressure on food supplies.
Much of what has been released has already appeared in leaked documents in the Sunday Times.One section has been redacted for commercially sensitive reasons.
There will be a growth in the black market and warns that some providers of adult social care could fail.
Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, responding to the release of the Yellowhammer documents, said:
“These documents confirm the severe risks of a No Deal Brexit, which Labour has worked so hard to block.
“It is completely irresponsible for the government to have tried to ignore these stark warnings and prevent the public from seeing the evidence.
“Boris Johnson must now admit that he has been dishonest with the British people about the consequence of a No Deal Brexit. 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.”
The British Retail Consortium day that the reports confirm what retailers have been saying for the last 3 years: “fresh food availability will decrease, consumer choice will decrease and prices will rise. This isn’t good for the British public and this isn’t good for British retailers”