The British government was forced to disclose confidential documents regarding the ban and no deal Brexit this week. Yesterday, MEPs supported an amendment aimed at shaking hands with the government and publishing all communications related to the ban and documents related to Brexit planning. The motion, which was accepted with 311 to 302 votes, was the fifth defeat for Boris Johnson for as many days. The adopted proposal provided for the government to publish all documents related to Operation Yellowhammer, but why was point 15 edited?
Boris Johnson has preferred the House to political unrest this week after the Conservative Party leader suffered his sixth defeat in six days.
MEPs voted to block an early election, which Mr. Johnson hoped he would seek to maintain the option of a no-deal Brexit on October 31.
The fifth humiliating loss for the Prime Minister was when the MPs voted to publish secret government documents and communications in connection with the preparations for Brexit without agreement.
The motion was filed by former Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who demanded from Operation Yellowhammer documents detailing the government's plans for a Brexit without agreement, as well as all communications related to the suspension of parliament by its senior adviser Dominic Cummings and Various other aides on WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. have been sent social media and both their personal and their professional phones are being published.
In early August, a leaked version of Operation Yellowhammer's document was leaked, highlighting potential bottlenecks in food and medicines across the country.
Mr Grieve said he had information from officials that the correspondence contained a "scandal".
The documents had to be released yesterday at 11:00 pm otherwise government officials could be brought to justice.
Operation Yellowhammer documents have now been published, but the other communications still need to be shared.
Operation Yellowhammer documents have now been published and the PDF report contains 20 elements, one of which has been revised.
Social media users wonder why paragraph 15 of the government's six-page report on the Brexit exclusion planning document was revised without agreement.
So why was point 15 edited?
The government says this has been "edited for reasons of commercial sensitivity", but it will allow Privy Counselors (a select group of senior MPs) to read it privately.
A senior reporter from the Sunday Times has suggested that the documents have changed only slightly since their first visit in August.
Rosamund Urwin tweeted, "What's wrong with the new Yellowhammer document that the government has just released, as with the one I received last month?
"What did the version I had said? BASIC SCENARIO
"Well, what does the new one say? HMG assumptions for reasonable planning of the worst cases".
Within the document, the most important planning assumptions relate to:
- traffic control
- Negative impact of No Deal Brexit for the EU
- France requires EU controls on goods from the United Kingdom
- Reinforced immigration controls at EU border crossings
- The price of electricity is likely to rise
- Impact on the supply of medicines and medical supplies
- The supply of fresh food decreases
- Cross-border effects of financial services in the United Kingdom
- No firm decision about personal data
- Disturbances of the law enforcement data
- Loss of citizenship for EU citizens
- Protests and unrest across the UK in response to the withdrawal
- Traffic disruptions due to delays at borders affecting fuel supply
- Delays in insurance payment
- Impact of rising costs on low-income households
- Document "No new exams with limited exceptions"
- Impact on fisheries
- Fragility of welfare for adults