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3,500 Troops on Standby to Prepare for a "No-Deal Brexit"

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-12-19 21:10:51 from the limey-helm dept.
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No-deal Brexit plans put 3,500 troops on standby [theguardian.com]

Emergency no-deal Brexit contingency plans must now be implemented across government, cabinet ministers have agreed, including reserving ferry space for supplies and putting 3,500 armed forces personnel on standby to deal with any disruption.

[...] Downing Street suggested preparations could include reserving space on ferries in order to ensure a supply of food and medicines. Speaking later in the Commons, the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, said his department "will have 3,500 service personnel held at readiness, including regulars and reserves, in order to support any government department on any contingencies they may need".

Citizens will be informed how to prepare through a "range of channels" that could include TV adverts and social media. Ministers agreed to allocate money from a £2bn contingency fund to departments such as the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. HMRC will prepare a 100-page pack for all UK businesses on preparing for no-deal, and will send out about 80,000 emails to businesses.

The service personnel may be called upon to assist in law enforcement, so factor that in to any riot plans you may have.

Also at CNN [cnn.com] and CBS [cbsnews.com].

See also: Now we're facing the sad reality of Brexit — troops on the streets of Britain [standard.co.uk]


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