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No-deal Brexit Could See Food, Medicine Shortages – Dossier

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LONDON – A leaked cross-government study is warning that there could be food and medicine shortages if the United Kingdom (UK) were to leave the European Union (EU) without a deal.

Dubbed Operation Yellowhammer, the dossier that was leaked to the Sunday Times postulated that the UK could face months of disruption at its ports if there was a no-deal Brexit.

But, cabinet minister Michael Grove, who is responsible for no-deal preparation, said the report was a “worse-case scenario” and an old document.

This leak come as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to meet European leaders this week.

The dossier says leaving the EU without a deal could lead to:

  • Fresh food becoming less available and prices rising
  • A hard Irish border after plans to avoid checks fail, sparking protests
  • Fuel becoming less available and 2,000 jobs being lost if the government sets petrol import tariffs to 0%, potentially causing two oil refineries to close
  • UK patients having to wait longer for medicines, including insulin and flu vaccines
  • A rise in public disorder and community tensions resulting from a shortage of food and drugs
  • Passengers being delayed at EU airports, Eurotunnel and Dover
  • Freight disruption at ports lasting up to three months, caused by customs checks, before traffic flow improves to 50-70% of the current rate

 

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