These are just
six pages

   . But they could have weight. The British government resolved Wednesday night, under pressure from Parliament, to publish its plan of preparation for a Brexit scenario without agreement. And we understand why the minister in charge,
Michael Gove, had given up to reveal it a week ago

   : it shows the extent of the practical difficulties which may be posed to the British on 31 October.

According to the document, which
Sunday Times

   "Had published extracts in mid-August, the UK could know in case of Brexit without agreement a shortage of fuels (especially in London and the South of England), drugs (where" severe additional delays Are all the more to be dreaded as three-quarters of British drugs enter the country via the main Channel crossing points), and food (especially on the fresh, where the stalls could clear and the price fly away). "The availability of certain types of fresh produce will drop in the food," he says. Before adding: "There is a risk of buying panic that would aggravate food shortages."

Decrease in the level of truck traffic

Up to 85% of British trucks crossing the Channel could also be blocked by French customs, which could from the first day impose European controls on goods.

This could lead to delays of up to two and a half days and a reduction of "40% to 60% of the current level of traffic". The "significant disruptions" to be expected in Dover could last three months before resuming. Not to mention the delays in airports, Eurostar and Eurotunnel related to strengthening controls.

"Public disorders and community tensions"

The plan known as the Yellowhammer code ("Yellowhammer", a species of passerine) also points out that the government is preparing for the return of a hard border between the two Ireland. In case of "no deal", he predicts collateral damage for the northern Irish food industry, whose supply chain extends widely in the Republic of Ireland. He also fears that a black market is developing in Northern Ireland, and that paramilitary groups are taking advantage of price differences between the two sides of the border to smuggle.

He also fears clashes in fishing areas between British and foreign boats. He is also worried about a possible increase in public disorder and community tensions.

Low preparation

The document, which stresses that the British preparations for the "no deal" had to be reactivated after stalling at the end of March, estimates in the end that the state of readiness of the country remains "weak". A few hours before it was made public, the economy minister, Andrea Leadsom, had estimated that the publication of such a document would be a mistake, because it would only "worry" the population.

According to the "Sunday Times", the document tries to paint a picture of the most likely situation and not the scenario of the worst. "It describes what could happen in the worst case," said Michael Gove on the contrary, in order to relativize the scope. He added that the situation had improved since it was written on 2 August, and said the government was "updating" it.