UK Preps as Brexit Looms Closer
Russ Chastain 06.05.18
The UK is entirely unprepared for actually making its long-awaited “Brexit” from the European Union unless it can make some sort of deal with the EU, according to a recent article in Britain’s The Sunday Times, and the government is apparently going a bit prepper. But reports from high-level civil servants conflict, with some claiming the “doom and gloom” predictions are nothing more than fearmongering. Without a deal, there’s concern than a departure from the EU will cause great disruption in foreign trade, interrupting much-needed supplies that could run short in a frighteningly short time.
Britain would be hit with shortages of medicine, fuel and food within a fortnight if the UK tries to leave the European Union without a deal, according to a Doomsday Brexit scenario drawn up by senior civil servants for David Davis.
Whitehall has begun contingency planning for the port of Dover to collapse “on day one” if Britain crashes out of the EU, leading to critical shortages of supplies.
Last month officials in Davis’s Brexit department and the departments of health and transport drew up scenarios for a no-deal Brexit — a mild one, a severe one and one dubbed “Armageddon”.
A source said: “In the second scenario, not even the worst, the port of Dover will collapse on day one. The supermarkets in Cornwall and Scotland will run out of food within a couple of days, and hospitals will run out of medicines within two weeks.”
Officials would have to charter aircraft, or use the RAF to ferry supplies to the furthest corners of the UK. “You would have to medevac medicine into Britain, and at the end of week two we would be running out of petrol as well,” the source said.
The article doesn’t mention much about the preps, only this:
Concern about chaos at Dover was behind a decision by Highways England to announce plans last month to build ‘one or more lorry holding areas’ in Kent ‘to reduce the congestion caused by cross-Channel disruption.’
Although one source reportedly said “the scenarios are so explosive they have only been shared with a handful of ministers and are ‘locked in a safe,’ some say not to worry.
A spokesman for the Brexit department confirmed the discussions had taken place, but said it was ‘completely false’ that the doomsday scenario would unfold: ‘A significant amount of work and decision-making has gone into our no-deal plans, especially where it relates to ports, and we know that none of this would come to pass.’
Brexiteers accused the civil service of peddling a new version of ‘Project Fear.’ Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said: ‘They are frozen in the headlights. They should be planning for what happens if there is no deal, not scaring the pants off each other. We need people with imagination and courage, not frightened rabbits.’
One wonders how many UK preppers there are, and how most British subjects will fare in the event of a “no deal Brexit.”