LONDON (Reuters) – The UK will face bottlenecks in fuel, food and medicines if it leaves the European Union without a transitional agreement, blocks ports and demands a hard border in Ireland.
FILE PHOTO: In front of the Cabinet Office in London, UK, July 29, 201
You said that up to 85% of trucks using the main canal crossings may not be ready for French customs, which means that disruption in ports could potentially take up to three months before traffic improves.
The government also believes that a hard border between the British Province of Northern Ireland and the Republic will be likely, as current plans to avoid widespread controls will prove unsustainable, the Times said.
"The dossier, compiled this month by the Cabinet Office under the codename Operation Yellowhammer, provides a rare glimpse of government-led covert planning to avert a catastrophic collapse of national infrastructure," the Times reported.
"The file, which is labeled" government sensitive "and requires a" need to know "security review, is notable as it provides the most comprehensive assessment of Britain's readiness for Brexit without agreements."
Britain faces a constitutional crisis in its own country and a showdown with the EU, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly pledged to leave the bloc on 31 October without an agreement, unless there is a renegotiation of the Brexit divorce to.
After more than three years of EU-dominated Brexit, the bloc has repeatedly refused to reopen the readmission agreement with an Irish border insurance policy agreed by Johnson's predecessor Theresa May in November.
Johnson will tell French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week that Westminster Parliament can not stop Brexit and a new agreement must be reached if Britain does not want to leave the EU without one.
The Prime Minister is being pressured by politicians from across the political spectrum to prevent a disorderly withdrawal. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to topple Johnson's government in early September this week to postpone Brexit.
However, it is unclear whether the legislature has the power or the authority to use the British Parliament to prevent immediate departure – probably the most significant step taken by the United Kingdom since the Second World War.
Opponents without agreements say it would be a disaster for one of the West's most stable democracies. A disorderly divorce would affect global growth, send shock waves through the financial markets, and weaken London's claim to be the world's most important financial center.
Brexit advocates say there might be a short-term disruption from a no-deal exit, but that the economy will thrive if it gets rid of what they threw as a doomed experiment of integration, which has led Europe to fall behind China and the United States.
Editorial by Guy Faulconbridge