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Explosive No Deal Brexit leaked letter predicts huge price hikes and security chaos

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 02/04/2019 Tom Davidson & Liam Thorp

A No Deal Brexit would plunge the UK into a catastrophe, with 10% price hikes, a recession and direct rule in Northern Ireland - according to an explosive leaked document.

With the country preparing to crash out of the European Union in just 10 days - after MPs again failed to agree a way forward last night - Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill has written how leaving without a deal will cause chaos for the police and security services, plunge businesses into trouble and put the Irish peace process at risk.

Leaving the EU without any sort of trade deal and relying on what are called World Trade Organisation rules, would also see a 10% spike in food prices, the Mirror reports.

The government is said to have been preparing for a no deal scenario but, during the Brexit referendum, the idea was barely mentioned by Brexiteers or Remainers.

  a lit up city at night: A benner shown on the houses of Parliament last night © PA A benner shown on the houses of Parliament last night

In a 14-page letter sent ahead of a cabinet showdown today, the letter from Sir Mark, the top civil servant in the country, provides other stark warnings about what could happen next from April 12 onwards.

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It warns:

  • A recession would hit the UK and the pound's depreciation will be 'more harmful' than 2008
  • Legal authorities and judicial system put under 'enormous pressure'
  • 10% spike in food prices and collapse of some businesses that trade with EU
  • Government would come under pressure to bail out companies on the brink
  • Hamper the ability of police and security services to keep people safe
  • Reintroduction of direct rule in Northern Ireland for the first time since 2007

Last night, for the second time, the House of Commons failed to find a majority for any potential Brexit scenarios - leaving a No Deal exit on April 12 now the most likely scenario.

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MPs have also rejected Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement three times and voted against  No Deal Brexit  and against revoking Article 50.

Theresa May wearing a hat © PA

Today's cabinet session today will start with a three hour meeting of the 'political cabinet' where ministers could discuss the prospect of a General Election.

The letter, published in the Daily Mail today , states: "A No Deal exit would enormously increase pressure on our law and security authorities and on our judicial system. The UK would be less safe as a result of this."

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