UK government downplays its own stark no-deal Brexit warning


LONDON (AP) – The British government is insisting its assessment that there could be food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets if there is a no-deal Brexit is a worst-case scenario, not what is likely to happen.

The stark picture of disruption represents the government’s “reasonable worst case scenario” for leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce agreement The government was forced to publish the document late Wednesday after lawmakers demanded it.

Opposition politicians say the “Operation Yellowhammer” document – the government’s code name for its Brexit preparations – shows Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reckless to consider leaving the EU without a deal.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Thursday that “we are spending the money on doing lots of things to mitigate those assumptions.”

The statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is silhouetted against the sky early morning in London, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)