Brexit: File shows no deal devastating, says Welsh minister

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 14, 2019

The documents painted a grim picture of possible "public disorder and community tensions" as well as logjams at Channel ports, threatening supplies, after a no-deal departure.

A Belfast court has rejected a claim that the British government's Brexit strategy would harm Northern Ireland's peace process. However, Boris Johnson sought to downplay the potential impact, calling the report a plan for the "worst-case scenario".

This situation could last for up to three months, and disruption might last "significantly longer", with lorries facing waits of between 1.5 days and 2.5 days to cross the border.

Responding on Twitter, ahead of attending a no-deal planning meeting chaired by United Kingdom cabinet minister Michael Gove on Thursday, Mr Miles said: "The publication of the Yellowhammer assumptions tonight confirms what we have been saying for many months - that a no-deal Brexit will be devastating and destructive for the Welsh economy and our communities".

Wales' Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles said Boris Johnson's government was engaging less with Welsh ministers on no deal work than Theresa May's had.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the scenario was a "planning assumption" and would only come true if the government did nothing to offset it.

The "Operation Yellowhammer" worst-case assumptions published on Wednesday (11 September) look like a heavy blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has been pushing for a hard Brexit.

A Scottish appeals court ruled on Wednesday the suspension was "unlawful" but the government immediately appealed the decision, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday.

Last week, the High Court in London said the decision was inherently political and "not a matter for the courts".

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The U.K. Supreme Court is due to make the final on all the cases after a hearing next week. He said he had "absolutely not" misled the queen - whose formal approval was needed to suspend Parliament - about his motives.

With seven weeks to go, the government and parliament are locked in conflict over the future of Brexit, with possible outcomes ranging from leaving without a deal to another referendum. The document makes clear the severe implications for the human rights of people in the United Kingdom, and UK nationals in the EU. An open border is crucial to the regional economy and underpins the peace process that ended decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Parliament has since been suspended, with courts giving divided rulings about whether Johnson had the right to do so.

"Virtually all of the assembled evidence belongs to the world of politics, both national and supra-national".

"We have no reason to be optimistic" that such an accord will be found in time for the October 17-18 summit which comes two weeks before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told senior MEPs in Brussels.

Johnson's envoy David Frost has been holding talks in Brussels this week but no breakthrough has been made, and the European Union says it is still waiting for firm proposals from the United Kingdom.

"The U.K. hasn't proposed any alternatives and anything that's been legally credible and workable", said European Parliament President David Sassoli.

Michel Barnier told reporters that "we are still ready to examine objectively any concrete and legally operational proposals from the U.K".

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