Leaked British document
T. Leo Varadkar

UK: Leaked British document stipulates the aftermath effect of a no-deal Brexit, which implies the need for an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, according to reports. However, a government cabinet minister ‘Michael Gove’ has played down the document, adding that it set out a worst-case scenario.

According to the Sunday Times publication which claimed the leaked British document signal serious warning of a hard Irish border that would practically result in a three-month “meltdown” of the ports, coupled with a shortage of medicine and food if the UK exits the European Union without a deal.

In another development, it is understood ‘Mr. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’ is expected to speak with the British Prime Minister ‘Boris Johnson’ – Johnson, who had promised the UK will leave the European Union by October 31st, deal or no-deal. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson is asking for the removal of the backstop in order to avoid a hard border, its abolishment will enable an orderly exit of the UK from the EU.

Based on this, Boris Johnson is expected to meet with German chancellor ‘Angela Merkel and the French president ‘Emmanuel Macron’ in the next few days. While the Irish government and the European Union have emphatically said the withdrawal agreement containing the backstop will practically not be renegotiated.

While it’s understood the leaked British document with a codename ‘Operation Yellowhammer’, was compiled this month by the UK cabinet office.

Other emerging stories from Northern Ireland indicate that the leaked government document will activate “no new checks with limited exceptions” on day one of a no-deal Brexit, but wouldn’t be sustained based on economic, legal and biosecurity risks, and in turn lead to “direct action” and roadblock.

Also, in another development a government source claim the existing Brexit deal will practically avoid a hard border, adding that:

These papers yet again underline the need for a managed Brexit, including the backstop insurance policy laid down in the withdrawal agreement.

“It is tested policy of the European Union that in the case of a no-deal, peace and security on the Irish Border is key. Our teams are working with the European Commission on the twin objective of avoiding checks at the Border and maintaining Ireland’s place in our EU single market. However, any solution that is found will be far inferior to the backstop and the all-island economy is going to be badly hit”.

Elsewhere, a government source also pointed to these findings, and said:

Voters in Northern Ireland are showing that they overwhelmingly support the backstop”.

Reports from FiannaFail and Labour, to speed-up its no-deal strategy claim:

Ministers have taken their foot off the pedal in terms of preparations for all Brexit outcomes and we are now playing catch up”, however, Lisa Chambers added in respect of the leaked British document:

Should act as a wake-up call to the very real possibility that the UK will crash out of the EU on October 31st and Ireland will be left reeling in the aftermath”, she said.

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