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No-deal Brexit docs show government fears of disease outbreaks and rising prices

Operation Yellowhammer documents have shown that Britain could be plagued with disease following a no-deal Brexit.

The leaked government files show what would happen to the UK in case of no-deal, and outlines the disruption Brits could face after leaving the EU.

Yellowhammer warns of increased disease infiltrating Britain through a delay in medicines.

The document reads: “Any disruption to reduce, delay or stop the supply of medicines for UK veterinary use would reduce our ability to prevent and control disease outbreaks, with potential detrimental impacts for both animal health and welfare, the environment and wider food safety.”

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Speaking on Yellowhammer, BMA Council chairman Dr Chaand Naipaul said: “Here we see in black and white the Government warning of disruption to vital medicine supplies, a higher risk of disease outbreaks due to veterinary medicine supply issues, and UK pensioners in the EU being unable to access healthcare if there is a no-deal Brexit.”

MPs voted to forcibly publish the document against Tory officials’ wishes for fear the information would “concern people”.

In addition to unwanted diseases, Yellowhammer states how Brits could be subject to increased border checks and damage to the retail industry.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the files confirmed the PM "is prepared to punish those who can least afford it".

Meanwhile, Michael Gove, one of Boris Johnson's senior cabinet colleagues who has been given responsibility for no-deal planning, said "revised assumptions" will outline the mitigations the government has "put in place and intends to put in place".

Also today, ministers blocked the release of communications between No 10 aides about Parliament's suspension, despite parliament passing a motion calling for it earlier in the week.

Helen Dickinson, CEO of the British Retail Consortium said: “A no-deal Brexit in November represents the worst possible timing for the retail industry.

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“Fresh food availability will decrease, consumer choice will decrease, and prices will rise.

“This isn’t good for the British public and this isn’t good for British retailers.”

The files suggest key ingredients “may be in shorter supply” with a three-month "meltdown" expected to hit the channel as traffic is predicted to reduce by as much as 60%.

A Whitehall senior source said Yellowhammer had been “deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with the EU”.

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