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UK government: Post-Brexit shortages, protests a worst-case scenario

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A “no-deal” Brexit could disrupt supplies of medicines and fresh food while protests spread across Britain, according to a worst-case scenario analysis released by the U.K. government Wednesday.

The so-called “Operation Yellowhammer” contingency plan with assumptions about the effect of a no-deal exit from the European Union (EU) was prepared just after Boris Johnson became prime minister six weeks ago.

Johnson has promised to leave the EU by Oct. 31 whether a deal is reached or not.

Lawmakers demanded the release of the worst-case predictions, arguing that Johnson’s government was concealing the potential impact of his plan.

The document predicts a lack of preparedness from British businesses for an exit, given the political confusion surrounding the situation.

For example, trucks may have to wait up to two and a half days to cross the English Channel.

“Certain types of fresh food supply will decrease,” the document said. “There is a risk that panic buying will cause or exacerbate food supply disruption…. Protests and counter-protests will take place across the UK.”

Opposition leaders seized control of Parliament last week to pass a bill requiring Johnson to seek a delay unless he agrees a deal with the EU to head off chaos.

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