19/08/2019

Labour: Leaked Report Confirms Worst Brexit Fears

The Labour Party has branded the leaked 'Operation Yellowhammer' report by the UK Government as confirmation of many people's worst Brexit fears.

The leaked Cabinet Office document, published by the Sunday Times, suggested a no-deal Brexit could mean a hard-border, massive trade disruption, road blocks and political unrest in Northern Ireland.

Responding to the revelations, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said: "This confirms our worst fears for the impact of a no deal Brexit and shows the recklessness of the current strategy being pursued by the British Government that will put a hard border on our island.

"There is an urgent need for an alternative path to come from the House of Commons."

Deputy Howlin said the proposal from Jeremy Corbyn for a caretaker Government to extend Article 50 and hold a general election is the most realistic means of avoiding the "chaos" outlined in the document.

"As I've said for some time, it is essential that the Irish Government accelerate no deal planning," he continued. "Central to these preparations and missing to date has been the level of material support available for Ireland from the EU.

"We do not want this outcome. It is not in our interests or those of the people of Northern Ireland and Great Britain, but it appears that the British.

"Government is prepared to proceed with no deal, and we must be ready."



(JG/CM)

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