Labour urges Parliament recall after no-deal Brexit papers released

epaselect epa07485007 Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer (R) departs the Cabinet Office following cross party talks in London, Britain, 04 April 2019. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to hold further talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit on later in the day. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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Labour has said it is “more important than ever” that Parliament is recalled after the government published its no-deal Brexit assessment.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the Yellowhammer document confirms there are “severe risks” if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

MPs forced the government to release the file before Parliament was suspended – or prorogued – on Tuesday.

The government said no-deal mitigations would be published in due course.

Sir Keir said recalling Parliament would allow MPs “the opportunity to scrutinise these documents and take all steps necessary to stop no-deal”.

His comments followed a ruling by Scotland’s highest civil court on Wednesday that the government’s proroguing of Parliament was unlawful.

The Yellowhammer file, which is redacted in parts and almost identical to a version leaked to the Sunday Times last month, says a no-deal Brexit could lead to among other things a “decrease” in certain types of fresh food and “shorter supply” of key ingredients and “disruption lasting up to six months” potentially affecting medicines and medical supplies.


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