Operation Yellowhammer: PM urged to recall Parliament

Boris Johnson is facing pressure to end prorogation

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Boris Johnson is facing fresh calls to return MPs to Parliament after he was forced to release government memos outlining possible impacts of a no-deal Brexit.

The Operation Yellowhammer assessments warned that the country could face shortages of medical supplies, long delays at the ports and “public disorder” if Britain leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The redacted version of previously leaked documents also details potential for "significant" electricity price rises, shorter supply of key ingredients and a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland.

The government said Yellowhammer showed “reasonable worst case planning assessments” but opposition argue that it is the “base case scenario”.

Since the document’s release last night on the demand of MPs, opposition parties have insisted that MPs return to Westminster after having been suspended for five weeks by the Prime Minister.

It comes as Scottish judges ruled the suspension of Parliament was "unlawful".

The Court of Session in Edinburgh found ministers had stopped MPs from sitting for the "improper purpose of stymying Parliament" and that advice given by ministers to the Queen to send MPs home was therefore "unlawful and is thus null and of no effect".

The Government immediately announced it was lodging an appeal against the ruling.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "These documents confirm the severe risks of a no deal Brexit, which Labour has worked so hard to block.

"It is also now more important than ever that Parliament is recalled and has the opportunity to scrutinise these documents and take all steps necessary to stop no deal."

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