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JEREMY CORBYN has called on the government to immediately release in full its latest assessments of the impact Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit would have on Britain.
The Labour leader’s demand comes after the government denied that recently leaked documents represented the real impact of leaving the European Union without a prior settlement in place.
The documents warn that Britain would be hit with a three-month “meltdown” at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine.
Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister responsible for no-deal planning, insisted these represented a “worst-case scenario.”
Speaking ahead of a roundtable discussion with businesses in Stevenage today, Mr Corbyn said: “If the government wants to be believed that it doesn’t represent the real impact, it must publish its most recent assessments today in full.”
The government’s own Operation Yellowhammer dossier makes “crystal clear” the “chaos and damage” the Prime Minister’s no-deal Brexit would have, he said.
“Boris Johnson’s denials can’t be trusted and will do nothing to give businesses or consumers any confidence that the dire state of affairs described in these documents aren’t right around the corner,” the Labour leader added.
“What we know for sure is that this government is wilfully committed to a policy that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet know will destroy jobs, push up food prices in the shops and open up our NHS to a takeover by US private companies.
“That is a price that Boris Johnson is willing to pay because it won’t be him and his wealthy donors who pay it — it will be the rest of us.”
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