In the event of UK’s exit from the European Union without an agreement, the country may face a shortage of food, fuel, and medicines, as well as rising prices and, as a consequence, unrest, according to the dossier, which was read by the Sunday Times.
The document was drawn up by the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Britain for internal use.
The British government confirmed the authenticity of the document.
According to the dossier, “Brexit” without a deal can lead to the following consequences:
-fresh food will become more expensive and less available;
-between Britain’s Northern Ireland and the independent Republic of Ireland will create a full border;
-there will be problems with the supply of fuel;
-drug supplies, including insulin and influenza vaccines, will slow down;
-due to the lack of food and medicines will start riots and unrest;
-there will be delays in air and rail links with mainland Europe;
-the work of British ports will be disrupted for up to three months due to customs inspections.
The dossier describes the “most likely consequences” of a non-treaty exit on October 31, rather than the most negative scenario, States the Sunday Times note.
However, Michael Gove, as a Minister without a portfolio in charge of preparing for “Brexit,” wrote on Twitter that the dossier describes “the worst-case scenario.”
He added that after the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, serious work was done to prepare the country’s exit from the EU.
A source in the Prime Minister’s office told the BBC that the dossier had been “merged” by a former Minister to influence the head of government’s talks with European leaders scheduled for next week.
On Wednesday, Johnson will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and on Thursday will visit French President Emmanuel Macron. At meetings in Berlin and Paris, the British Prime Minister will seek a new agreement on the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU.
Johnson promises at all costs to withdraw the country from the European Union on October 31, at the end of the current postponement of “Brexit.”
However, European leaders have repeatedly stated that they will not go to new negotiations with Britain.
The former head of the British civil service Lord Robert Kerslake called the dossier credible and added that it “reveals the level of risks that “Brexit” without a contract will cause in almost any area.”
“These are completely insane risks for the country, and we should consider any ways to avoid them,” Kerslake said on BBC Radio 4.