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By Anne Marie Waters
13th September 2019
The BBC’s reporting on Operation Yellowhammer, the Government’s contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit, makes me think I’m about to be subjected to some specialist propaganda. The opening line on one of its articles reads “Riots in the streets, food price rises and reduced medical supplies are real risks…”. Immediately, we’re told to panic. Immediately, we’re told, yet again, that Brexit was a catastrophe and we made a mistake and we should scrap the whole thing. This from the impartial publicly funded BBC. So what’s the real story?
Operation Yellowhammer has been forced in to publication by MPs, and it’s presented as “reasonable worst case assumptions” should we leave the EU without a deal on the 31st of October (now increasingly unlikely).
The Government wasn’t keen to publish the document, but maybe this is because they knew it would become instant fodder for the disgruntled Remainers in the press and beyond. Preparing for the worst case scenario is sensible, and there is to be a follow up document in the future.
The key areas of concern are food and medicine. A decrease in supply of fresh food and key ingredients could occur. This will of course drive up prices, which “could impact vulnerable groups”. It could, and this is why the Government must step up and prioritise its people if there should be any significant economic impact. It’s what we expect of leaders, to steer us through difficult waters.
Cross Channel goods, it states, could face “significant disruption lasting up to six months”. But once again, this isn’t necessary. Our leaders can prevent any damaging impact at all if they agree to deal and trade in good faith. There is no reason that things cannot carry on, or that the EU can’t simply concede that the UK is leaving, then finally shake hands and move on.
Fuel price is also highlighted, but perhaps the most dramatic warning is of “potential clashes if foreign fishing vessels enter British territorial waters”. Once again, nothing that can’t be dealt with by utilising a bit of common sense, good faith, and leadership.
The whole thing should have been settled long ago. It wasn’t, because it’s all part of an attempt to make Brexit a disaster, and propagate the inevitability of the European Union.
Nothing needs to go terribly wrong. A simple tariff free arrangement can be made very simply – but the parties are not willing because they want to see the back of Brexit.
The question now is what happens when Parliament returns, and whether MPs will continue to tie Boris Johnson’s hands as they plot the downfall of Brexit. If they do, the British people will have no option left but to remove them from the House of Commons for good.