Last year’s Yellowhammer Report revealed that a no-deal Brexit would result in rising food and fuel prices, shortage of medicines and public disorder. That was before we knew about Covid-19. Why on earth are we doing this?
First published in August 2020.
According to the government’s own in-depth assessments, every version of Brexit will make us worse off. But their hush-hush Operation Yellowhammer report, leaked to the Sunday Times this time last year, revealed that a no-deal Brexit would wreak the greatest havoc.
A no-deal scenario – now looking increasingly likely – would result in rising food and fuel prices, disruption to medicine supplies and public disorder on Britain’s streets, according to the ‘secret’ report.
This was before we knew anything about the Covid-19 catastrophe, which was just months away, and would be in addition to any Brexit calamity.
Remember, this was not my report. It wasn’t project fear. This was the British government’s own detailed assessments of what would happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Immediately following the Sunday Time’s front-page revelations, 10 Downing Street dismissed the leaked document as out-of-date and already superceded.
But the truth soon unravelled. The government was forced to admit that the report was accurate and up-to-date. MPs (a more potent force one year ago) called for its immediate publication.
Former chancellor, Philip Hammond, demanded an apology from Boris Johnson because of his misleading statement indicating that the report had been published before he became Prime Minister. (Did he apologise? Of course not.)
Brexit costs nearly match UK's total EU contributions. / Statista
Mr Johnson and Michael Gove claimed that the report gave “reasonable worst-case planning assumptions” for a no-deal Brexit.
But that was immediately challenged by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who said that her government’s copy of the Yellowhammer Report was marked “base scenario”. Ms Sturgeon said it was “completely outrageous” that the UK government was contemplating a situation where medicines would be in short supply. Previous in-depth assessments published by the government, under Theresa May’s premiership, already revealed that every version of Brexit will make us worse off.
Can anyone remind me why on earth we’re doing Brexit? (Well, it wouldn’t be a reminder. Nobody, since the word Brexit was invented in 2012, has been able to provide any evidence of benefits from leaving the EU).🔷
- UK government’s Operation Yellowhammer report, 2 August 2019.
Check their Voting Record:
🗳️ Michael Gove
🗳️ Theresa May