The British government has launched an emergency Yellowhammer action plan designed in case the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a deal. On Sunday in an interview with Sky News Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (de facto Minister at large), Michael Gove, responsible for preparing the country for the possibility of a “hard” “Brexit,” stated.
“We are launching operation Yellowhammer, it means we are preparing to leave without a deal if no “Brexit” reprieve [from the EU] is granted,” he said, adding that he would hold an emergency Cabinet meeting on the issue on Sunday. “After yesterday’s vote, the risk of leaving without a deal has increased because we cannot guarantee that the EU will agree to an extension of the “Brexit” negotiations,” Gove said, speaking about the outcome of the vote in the British Parliament on the eve.
At an emergency session of Parliament on Saturday, the government’s attempt to get the draft agreement with the EU through the House of Commons fell through. MPs approved an amendment to the Cabinet proposal, tabled by former ruling Conservative party member Oliver Letwin and made meaningless the vote on the EU agreement, which was due to take place on the same day in the evening. After that, the British Prime Minister, in accordance with the law adopted under the pressure of the opposition, officially requested from the President of the European Council Donald Tusk a three-month delay of “Brexit” until January 31, 2020. However, Johnson did not sign this letter, and after him sent a personal message to Tusk, in which he indicated that he was against the delay, as it would “damage the interests of the UK” and London’s partners in the EU.
The government now intends to hold a new parliamentary vote on the EU deal on October 21.