Emergency Defra team intensify efforts amid fears of 'accidental' no deal

According to an exclusive report in the Huffington Post, emergency no-deal Brexit planning has been ramped up at a key government department responsible for food supply, with officials now working 24 hours a day to minimise potential disruption.

According to the Huffington Post, the EU Exit Emergency Centre (EUXE), based in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has intensified operations this week amid fears of a potential accidental no deal on Friday.

Staff have moved on to round the clock shifts while Defra policy teams are prioritising exit work in areas like ensuring an adequate food supply, and that livestock, waste and other imports and exports to do not get stuck at the border.

Commenting, Best for Britain supporter and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron MP said:

“This shows the government’s recklessness for bringing us so close to the Brexit cliff edge.  

“The fact that there is a crack team of emergency planners in Defra working around the clock to mitigate the shock of a no deal Brexit shows the genuine and unprecedented threat to food security in this country if we crash out of the EU without a deal. 

“This would have a real and devastating impact on people’s livelihoods up and down the country. 

“Enough is enough. Deal or no deal, it’s time for the Brexit process to be put back in the hands of the people.”