A secret UK Government dossier has revealed at least three months of chaos is expected in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Details of confidential Cabinet plans for no-deal, known as Operation Yellowhammer, show the scale of concern over disruption to transport, healthcare services and food and water supplies.
The first day of a no-deal Brexit would see “situation reports” sent to ministers and senior officials from 7am, with meetings continuing until 5.30am the next morning.
The document warns agencies and government departments must expect they will be working non-stop for a minimum of three months and “some impacts” could be felt for up to six months.
The British army has set up a command centre in an underground bunker, with 3,500 troops on standby to help with any disruption in the event of a no-deal.
Scottish Government advice published last week advised the public there is no need to stockpile food – but warned there may be a shortage of fresh foods such as lettuce, tomatoes and fruit until they can be grown in the UK.