The Mayor of London has tasked his disaster planners to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has put his London Resilience Forum to work assessing the impact of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on WTO terms.
The Forum has a membership of 170 organisations from health and emergency services to transport and utility companies, and is set up under the Civil Contingencies Act.
The whole point of these local resilience forums is to provide the means for those involved in emergency preparedness to collaborate at a local level.
And what is an emergency?
Well, according to the act it is:
- An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare;
- An event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment; or
- War or terrorism which threatens serious damage to security
I will leave you to make the obvious comparisons between this response of his to Brexit and his seeming almost non-response to the more immediate risks posed by the recent events on the streets of his city.
BuzzFeed News claims it has a series of leaked government documents ahead of their publication next week, that cover the impact of a WTO Brexit on "more than 80 specific subjects ranging from blood safety to fertilisers to driving licenses".
"The list – drawn together from departments across Whitehall – underlines the scope of the potential disruption to British life if the UK crashes out of the European Union in March without a withdrawal agreement. And it starkly illustrates the extent of the challenge facing officials who have been ordered to prepare for such an outcome." Says BuzzFeed.
The content of a lot of these documents may well relate to stuff that can be resolved or they may be relatively minor and inconsequential in real terms.
But you can rest assured whatever they say the impact will be magnified by tens if not hundreds of times by the Remain led establishment to try and scare the wits out of people.
Also, to make these claims of meltdown would mean that Remainers are actually admitting that the UK is effectively no longer an independent self-governing nation.
They would have to own up that the establishment has given so much more power to the EU than the UK citizenry were ever properly informed of.
They would have to admit that the Leave campaign had been right all along with regard to EU membership leading inevitably to the loss of national sovereignty.
The Danish finance minister, Kristian Jensen, says he agrees with the observation made by the Latvian foreign minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, that there is a 50:50 chance that the UK will now leave the EU without a deal.
Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Jensen said:
"I also believe that 50-50 is a very good assessment because time is running out and we need to move really fast if we've got to strike a deal that is positive both for the UK and EU."
But he also said that Theresa May's Chequers based Brexit deal was a "realistic proposal for good negotiations". As you would expect me to say, I'm not sure about that one myself.
But I do go by the slipping chances of getting a deal with the EU and the longer the PM sticks to her holed below the waterline plan, the more likely that outcome is.
Now, some of you may remember that I mentioned that a group called 'UK in EU Challenge' had lodged a judicial review claim in the High Court against the Prime Minister over her triggering of Article 50.
The group wants her decision to send the letter to Brussels as well as the notification itself, to be quashed.
The basis of the claim is that the decision was based on a referendum vote corrupted by the Leave side overspending so therefore the Article 50 notice was not served in accordance with the UK's constitutional requirements as laid out in Article 50 itself.
As I remarked at the time, this action is being brought well outside of the normal three month window but the claimants maintain that because some of the voting irregularities have only just come to light then it is a legitimate claim.
I also said that I reckoned it would be taken up by the legal establishment.
Well, Mr Justice Warby has just issued a high court order requiring the Prime Minister and the Electoral Commission, as an interested party, to submit a summary legal defence by 4pm on Friday 31st August.
This will give a high court judge time to decide whether permission should be given for the case to go to court.
I personally suspect this one will go all the way.