The shortage of food and medicines: what else threatens the British hard Brexit

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Дефицит продуктов и лекарств: чем еще грозит британцам жесткий Brexit

In Britain, a scandal erupted. Newspaper The Sunday Times published a document entitled “Operation “Oatmeal”, drawn up by the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers for internal use. It provides an analysis of the effects of hard Brexit, that is, of a British exit from the European Union on 31 October 2019 without any agreement. Recall that the action plan insists the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.

The perspectives described in a secret document, frankly, is not rosy for the British:

  1. Fresh products will become more expensive and less available.
  2. Between the part of the UK, Northern Ireland and independent Irish Republic will be created a border with passport control, customs and even visas.
  3. There will be problems with the supply of practically all fuels.
  4. The supply of drugs, including insulin and flu vaccines, slow down.
  5. Because of the shortage of food and medicine start riots and unrest.
  6. There are inevitable delays and passenger trains linking Britain with other European countries.
  7. The work of British ports will be broken, there will be delay of delivery of goods for up to three months due to customs inspections.

In the British government was forced to confirm the authenticity of the document. However, the Cabinet member Michael Gove, who is responsible for the preparation of a Brexit, said angrily that it does not agree with the assessment that the newspaper gave the “Operation “Oatmeal”. The Sunday Times wrote that the document describes “the most probable consequences” of the Kingdom’s exit from the EU on 31 October without a contract. According to Gove, these effects is a “worst case scenario”. The Minister added that the government Johnson has done some serious work on the preparation of a Brexit.

Now Johnson wants to know who “leaked” the document to journalists. He suspects the former Chancellor of the exchequer Secretary Philip Hammond, a staunch opponent of withdrawal of Britain from the EU without an agreement.

Boris Johnson on 21 August went to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On 22 August it will take the President of France Emmanuel macron. Then Johnson will participate in the G7 summit in Biarritz for the first time as Prime Minister of great Britain. At the same meeting and will attend the EU leaders — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk. For them this will be the last G7 summit in this capacity. It is expected that Johnson, having secured the promised support of the US President Donald trump once again raise the question about revision of the terms of the withdrawal of Britain from the EU. It conditions, not time. And if Juncker, Tusk, Merkel and macron does not agree, he firmly declares to them about “hard Brexit” on October 31.

which after a month was succeeded as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

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