GEAR UP FOR NO DEAL BREXIT!
With 63 days to go, Whitehall officials are given urgent orders to...
EMERGENCY preparations for a no-deal Brexit are being urgently ramped up, it was revealed last night.
Whitehall mandarins have triggered the final stages of contingency planning for Operation Yellowhammer, the battle plan for a no-deal.
The move comes as expectations grow that Britain will leave the EU on March 29 without an agreement in place.
With only 63 days to go until Brexit day, thousands of civil servants have been briefed to
take on key tasks. A Whitehall source said last night: “It’s clear that Yellowhammer planning is entering the critical final stage.
“You get the sense that Whitehall is really gearing up for a no-deal Brexit. The merry-go-round of staff brings a sense of urgency now.”
Operation Yellowhammer needs to be activated at least six weeks in advance of Brexit day.
Some 100 new specialist no-deal civil service roles have been created including jobs in Poland, France and other European countries to help with the transition.
Overall, more than 12,000 civil servants are working on Brexit and a further 4,000 are joining them.
Parliament remains bitterly divided over backing the Prime Minister’s attempts to agree an EU deal.
A crunch vote next Tuesday could determine whether Article 50 gets extended – possibly delaying Brexit until the end of the year.
But Tory MP Sir John Redwood said it was “hugely significant” that Whitehall is now fully geared up for leaving the EU without a deal.
He added: “I think they are absolutely right to ensure everything runs smoothly on March 29.
“The British public are just fedup now and want this whole process to be over a soon as possible.”
Fellow Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “It is obviously right and proper for no-deal planning to be finalised. No-deal is the government’s default Brexit position if the Prime Minister’s plan does not get agreed by Parliament so we need to be ready for it.”
Details of Operation Yellowhammer planning have already emerged following months of frantic work by almost every government department. lThe MoD is placing 3,500 troops on alert. lThe NHS chartering a dedicated plane to ensure vital medical supplies are flown into the UK from Maastricht in Holland. lThe Transport Department has awarded a £13.8million contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend. lTra■sport Secretary Chris Grayling
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