MP’s serious concern after Government publishes no-deal Brexit documents
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12 Sep 2019
West MP Margaret Greenwood has spoken of her serious concern after the
Government published its Operation Yellowhammer documents.
documents – which outline ‘reasonable worst-case assumptions’ should a no-deal
Brexit happen on 31 October – warns of food price rises and reduced medical
supplies and medicines.
Government had initially resisted the publication of the documents but lost a
vote on the issue in the House of Commons earlier this week before Parliament
was suspended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
things that the Government papers warn about are protests taking place across
the UK, lorries potentially having to wait more than two days to cross the
Channel, some businesses ceasing trading, a growth in the black market and some
providers of adult social care possibly failing.
Greenwood MP said:
contents of these documents are a matter of serious concern, not least because
they warn of an increase in food prices.
also make clear that people on low incomes will be disproportionately affected
by any price rises in food and fuel.
“At a time when many families in Wirral are having to go to food banks to
feed their children, the last thing we need is a sharp increase in food prices.
be unaffordable for many families and will risk seeing more families pushed
“I am also extremely concerned that patients at Arrowe
Park Hospital may be severely affected by reduced medicines and medical
supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
is disgraceful that the government resisted publishing these documents and that
they had to be forced to do so by MPs.
believe it is vital that we stop a no-deal Brexit as this would be catastrophic
for the UK and disastrous for people’s jobs and living standards.
is important that parties across Parliament work together to avoid a no-deal
Brexit because it would be damaging for the UK economy and would hit those on
low incomes hard.”