The latest batch of Government papers advising British people and businesses about how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit shows that the UK could face food shortages, grounded flights and chaos at the ports. The release today covers a number of areas, including aviation, motoring and travelling with pets. In a stinging critique, the Food and Drink Federation said that ‘the grisly prospect’ of no deal involves ‘a severe impact on UK food and drink supplies’.
Leave voters who renew their passport after Brexit hoping for a new blue version of the document may be disappointed to receive the burgundy style. The first blue passports will be issued from late 2019, but they will be phased in gradually alongside the old burgundy ones. The detail was revealed as the government unveiled its second batch of no-deal Brexit plans.
Cadbury's owner is keeping ingredients, as well as finished chocolate bars and biscuits, in case of a hard Brexit.
A photo taken of a confidential document taken outside Whitehall has revealed details of the government’s no-deal Brexit strategy, including the codename for the plans – Operation Yellowhammer. The embarrassing leak revealed a number of details about ministers’ emergency plans if the UK fails to secure a deal with the EU. The first two lines read: ‘The meeting will consider progress on the Government’s plans for mitigating the immediate impacts of a No Deal Brexit.
The prime minister downplayed warnings from her chancellor about the economic consequences of leaving Europe without a deal.
Currently the UK is estimated to sell £220 million worth of organic food, drink and other produce to the European Union every year
Fisherman in Wales would not be able to survive more than four weeks in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Welsh Fisherman’s Association has warned. The WFA said that shellfish fisherman were particularly at risk from disruption caused by any new border checks, and could go bust within a month.
Sir Bernard Jenkin has angered the IT sector by suggesting the millennium bug didn't need fixing.
General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, denied that the military had been put on stand-by to deliver food, medicine and fuel in case of a no-deal Brexit.
Brexit could lead to less British food being available on shop shelves if the government slashes food safety standards after quitting the EU, the National Farmers’ Union has warned. Farmers are worried that ministers are prioritising trade liberalisation over maintaining the high standards of food production currently in place in Britain, the NFU’s Chief EU Exit and International Trade Adviser Gail Soutar told Yahoo. ‘UK farmers are up for the challenge of competing on an increasingly global stage, but only if that trade is done on a level playing field,’ she said.
Jonathan Lis, deputy director at pressure group British Influence, said that the likelihood of the UK not securing a deal with the EU stands at “over 50%”.
The last few days have seen a concerted attempt to repackage a no-deal outcome from Brexit talks as being somehow tolerable. In March, Brexit secretary David Davis tolda Commons select committee there had been no preparation at all for a no-deal outcome. Former civil servants were aghast at the idea that no preparation had been done for the default outcome.