Britain is unprepared for a no-deal Brexit because the Government thinks spending money on something that might not happen would be more unpopular than the fallout from a chaotic exit, a civil servant has revealed.
The official, who chose to remain anonymous, unveiled a damning picture of the UK’s readiness to leave without a deal in The Guardian.
They painted a chaotic picture of Whitehall, saying that civil servants have still not been told whether they will be required to leave their usual jobs to work on Brexit, or what their new roles might be.
The civil servant said that Operation Yellowhammer, the official Government term for no deal preparations, ‘hasn’t really got going yet’, despite the UK being set to leave the EU in less than 60 days.
“The grey eminences in charge have calculated that the risk of being defenestrated for wasting billions on a no-deal Brexit that never happens is slightly higher than the risk of being overwhelmed by a no-deal,” wrote the insider.
Predicted consequences of a no-deal Brexit include shortages of certain foods such as lettuce and soft fruits that are imported from the EU.
A number of supermarkets and cafe chains last week warned that they would not be able to stockpile enough food to prevent shortages of certain items.
Scarcity and blockages to supply chains would likely lead to higher prices, experts predict.
The UK’s security relationship with the EU would also be impacted and could cause problems protecting the public, according to security minister Ben Wallace.
Theresa May has repeatedly said that her Government does not want to leave the EU without a deal, but has refused to take the option off the table.
She has said that the best way to avoid no deal is for Parliament to approve her Brexit deal.
The PM will return to Brussels later today in an attempt to secure concessions that could win over Brexiteers and persuade them to vote for her deal when MPs vote on it again February 14th.