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A UK minister rejects the “alarmism” created by the leaked document on Brexit

August 19, 2019

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters / EP) –

The UK Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, rejected Sunday the nervousness generated after the publication of a report that ensures that the United Kingdom will have to face a stage of shortage of fuel, food and medicine if you leave the European Union without agreement.

“I think there is a lot of alarm and a lot of people are playing with 'fear'. We have to be prepared in case an agreement is not reached,” Kwarteng told Sky News after being asked about leaked government documents that describe possible shortcomings. which the United Kingdom will have to face in case of not reaching an agreement. “We will be prepared to leave without an agreement on October 31,” they added.

According to the report by the Cabinet Office, 85 percent of the trucks that use the main crossings of the canal could “not be ready” for French customs, which would cause this shortage of goods could extend up to three months.

On the other hand, the Government considers that a 'hard' border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is “probable”, as current plans to avoid widespread controls will be unsustainable.

“Under the code name of Operation Yellowhammer, the dossier offers a look at the covert planning that the Government is carrying out to avoid a catastrophic collapse in the country's infrastructure,” the newspaper 'Times' reported.

“The file, marked as 'sensitive' and that requires a security authorization to know it, is notable because it offers the most complete evaluation of the UK's preparation for a Brexit without agreement,” he added.

The United Kingdom is heading towards a constitutional crisis, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly promised to leave the block on October 31 without an agreement, unless the European Union agrees to review the terms of the divorce.

However, the European Union has repeatedly refused to reopen the Retirement Agreement that includes an Irish border safeguard policy that Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, agreed in November.

European leaders are pressuring Johnson to prevent an exit without agreement. The opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has promised to overthrow the Johnson government in early September to delay Brexit.