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Brexit court ruling prompts calls to reverse parl suspension

Brexit court ruling prompts calls to reverse parl suspension

Edinburgh: British premier Boris Johnson faced calls Thursday to reverse his suspension of parliament after a Scottish court ruled it illegal, as government documents warned a no-deal Brexit could lead to civil unrest and shortages of food and medicines.

The Operation Yellowhammer documents, which the government was forced to release on Wednesday, revealed that preparedness for a no-deal Brexit remained "at a low level", with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact supplies.

They also warned of "a rise in public disorder and community tensions" in such a scenario.

The government stressed that it was "updating the assumptions" in the document, and that it was "neither an impact assessment, nor a prediction of what is most likely to happen.

"It describes what could occur in a reasonable worst case scenario," wrote minister Michael Gove.

But the release, after MPs voted last week to compel the government to publish, fuelled lawmakers' fears that a disorderly divorce would be hugely disruptive to the UK.

The government, meanwhile, has appealed the Scottish court ruling, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, and parliament will for now stay shut.

Johnson has said suspending -- or proroguing -- parliament until October 14 is a routine move to allow his government to launch a new legislative agenda.

But critics accuse him of trying to silence opposition to his plan to leave the European Union on October 31, even if he has not agreed exit terms with Brussels.

Johnson argues that while he is working to get a deal, Britain must leave the bloc regardless, three years after the referendum vote for Brexit. Before it was suspended on Tuesday, the House of Commons rushed through legislation to force Johnson to delay Brexit if there is no deal by an EU summit on

October 17.

Agencies

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