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Yellowhammer worst bits if UK plunges into no-deal chaos - from riots to shortages

Mirror logo Mirror 12/09/2019 Dan Bloom & Matthew Dresch
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The government's secret contingency plan for no-deal Brexit has finally been released, and it has major implications for your family.

Boris Johnson tried to keep the Operation Yellowhammer file under wraps, but he backed down after the Commons voted to demand details be released.

The six-page dossier, dated August 2, reveals a no-deal Brexit could trigger a meltdown at Britain's ports, with six-month disruption at Dover blocking medicine supplies.

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It also predicts electricity price increases, shortages of fuel and some foods, lorry delays of between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half days at Dover and public disorder.

One stark paragraph sums it up: "Low-income groups will be disproportionately affected by any price rises in food and fuel."

The Government insists that the plan outlines the 'worst case scenario' of a no-deal Brexit, and extra work has been carried out to prepare the nation since it was published.

Traffic jams at the border could result in fuel shortages in some areas of the UK after a no-deal Brexit © Tom Wren SWNS.com Traffic jams at the border could result in fuel shortages in some areas of the UK after a no-deal Brexit

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But others claim it is a realistic prediction of what will happen if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Sunday Times reporter who was leaked the original document claimed the original header said it was a "base case" assumption. Now it says "reasonable worst case".

Either way, the warnings are stark.

Here are the worst bits of Operation Yellowhammer:

Food

Operation Yellowhammer warns of decreased fresh food supplies © SWNS.com Operation Yellowhammer warns of decreased fresh food supplies Certain fresh food supplies will decrease and critical key ingredients for the food supply chain may be in shorter supply.

While this will not cause an overall food shortage, it is expected to result in less products being available and price increases.

The plan notes that this could affect vulnerable members of society, echoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's warning that Boris Johnson "is prepared to punish those who can least afford it with a no-deal Brexit".

The file also warns that there could be panic buying, potentially exacerbating food supply issues.

Water

a glass of wine: Chemical supply issues with water companies could affect hundreds-of-thousands of people © Getty Chemical supply issues with water companies could affect hundreds-of-thousands of people The plan states that the 'most significant risk' is a breakdown in the chemical supply chain in relation to public water services.

Although it claims this outcome is unlikely, the dossier warns it could affect hundreds-of-thousands of people.

Water companies have apparently stocked up on chemicals in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit.

Operation Yellowhammer states that urgent action may have to be taken to ensure people have access to clean water.

Disorder

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protests and counter protests will drain police resources © Peter Summers/Getty Images Protests and counter protests will drain police resources Protests and counter protests will grip the UK after a no-deal Brexit, potentially taking up huge amounts of police time.

There also may be a spike in public disorder and community tensions, the dossier states.

Criminality arising from a no-deal Brexit could also lead to violent disputes and port blockades.

This could result from repeated incidents such as illegal fishing or people smuggling.

Traffic chaos

a truck that is driving down the road: Lorries could face delays of up to three days © Getty Images Lorries could face delays of up to three days Traffic jams will build up in Kent as a result of channel crossing delays in Dover.

The plan warns of serious issues if queues of vehicles end up blocking the Dartford crossing, disrupting fuel deliveries to London and south-east England.

Fuel shortages could also be caused by changes in 'customer behaviour', the plan warns.

The chaos at the Dover crossing could result in lorries facing waiting up to two-and-a-half days to get into the UK.

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Gibraltar

a large body of water: Gibraltar's economy will likely suffer from a no-deal Brexit © Getty Images/iStockphoto Gibraltar's economy will likely suffer from a no-deal Brexit Drivers will face delays of four hours and above at the busy Spanish border with the British territory.

The waits will be the result of the introduction of border checks, causing disruption to the supply of food, medicines and waste in Gibraltar.

The lengthy delays are likely to last for at least a few months, affecting workers, residents and tourists crossing the border.

In the long-run the changes will likely harm Gibraltar's economy, the plan warns.

Northern Ireland

a sign on the side of a road: A hard border will strengthen criminals and dissident groups in Northern Ireland © Dan Kitwood A hard border will strengthen criminals and dissident groups in Northern Ireland Operation Yellowhammer warns that a no-deal Brexit will result in a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, strengthening the hand of criminals and dissident groups.

It predicts that the introduction of EU tariffs and regulations on goods entering Ireland will 'severely disrupt trade'.

The agri-food sector will be hardest hit due to its reliance on cross-border trade, the plan states.

The dossier says the disruption and unemployment caused by a no-deal Brexit will likely lead to protests and direct action in Northern Ireland.

Fishing

a boat is docked next to a body of water: British fishermen may clash with EU vessels if they illegally enter UK waters © Ian Forsyth British fishermen may clash with EU vessels if they illegally enter UK waters The presence of EU fishing boats in UK waters is likely to enrage British fishermen, potentially causing clashes between vessels.

This could also lead to British fish tugs going rogue and moving into EU waters.

Up to 282 EU boats could illegally enter - or already be in - UK waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the plan predicts.

Increased demands on police and border authorities is likely to reduce the effectiveness of these agencies.

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