MP’s serious concern after Government publishes no-deal Brexit documents

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12 Sep 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has spoken of her serious concern after the Government published its Operation Yellowhammer documents.

The 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.

The 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.

Other 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.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“The contents of these documents are a matter of serious concern, not least because they warn of an increase in food prices.

“They 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. This will be unaffordable for many families and will risk seeing more families pushed into poverty.

“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.

“It is disgraceful that the government resisted publishing these documents and that they had to be forced to do so by MPs.

“I 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.

“It 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.”