Sir Roger Gale has said a leaked government document that predicted the worst case scenarios of a no-deal Brexit is “not helpful”, but its findings should not be dismissed.
The secret dossier warned Britain could be hit with a three-month “meltdown” at its ports, food and medicine shortages and a hard Irish border.
The Conservative MP told talkRADIO’s James Max the Operation Yellowhammer leak must be taken seriously.
“The fact of the matter is that this Operation Yellowhammer document is serious, it’s been carefully researched, its findings are devastating and to dismiss it as ‘operation fear’, I think is sheer folly,” he said.
“I think people have a right to have access to as much information as possible. I think it’s important that people do understand that we face a very serious situation indeed.”
Sir Roger has reminded Boris Johnson that during the leadership campaign he said there was a “million-to-one” chance of a no-deal Brexit.
He said he hoped the Prime Minister can make progress during talks with European leaders ahead of a G7 summit in the French city of Biarritz this week.
“This move is going to have a devastating effect not just on the United Kingdom but also on the whole of the rest of the European Union and particularly on the Irish Republic unless we have a deal,” he said.
“I hope that in those talks prior to Biarritz a deal will be struck. A deal that solves the problems of the Irish border and can be got through the House of Commons.”