The U.K. will face a reduction in the availability and choice of food in a Brexit “worst-case” scenario according to a U.K. government document | Matt Cardy/Getty Images
No-deal Brexit worst-case scenario will see food choices reduced, says UK document
UK government releases summary of its Operation Yellowhammer planning assumptions.
Updated 9/11/19, 10:03 PM CET
LONDON — The U.K. will face a reduction in the availability and choice of food, pushing up prices in a Brexit “worst-case” scenario, according to a U.K. government document published Wednesday.
The government released a five-page “Operation Yellowhammer” summary, after MPs voted to force its release on Monday using an ancient parliamentary device known as a Humble Address.
The Operation Yellowhammer document said: “The UK reverts fully to ‘third country’ status. The relationship between the UK and the EU as a whole is unsympathetic, with many [member states] (under pressure from the Commission) unwilling to engage bilaterally and implementing protections unilaterally.”
In a letter to former Attorney General Dominic Grieve and Labour MP Hilary Benn, who spearheaded the cross-party effort to get the document published, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, who is in charge of no-deal planning, said he had provided the “most recent complete iteration” of the government’s no-deal planning assumptions, which are codenamed Yellowhammer.
Much of the content of the Operation Yellowhammer report had already been leaked to the Sunday Times. Gove said at the time it was an “old” document.
The document also warns that there could be up to three months of Channel crossing disruption.