As one of its last acts before it was suspended, British Parliament voted to order the release of documents that detail what could happen if the nation departs the European Union next month without an agreement.
The documents, called Operation Yellowhammer, warn that Britain could revert to “third country” status with no bilateral deals with any nations. Lawmakers authorized the release of documents before their session ended Monday night, and they were made public Thursday.
Britain is set to leave the EU on Oct. 31 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to complete the exit — approved by voters in 2016 — with or without an EU-sanctioned agreement.
Under a no-deal scenario, the documents say, Britain could see a decrease in certain types of foods and key ingredients, an increase in food and fuel prices and delays in imports of medicine and medical supplies. The lack of a border agreement with France could also mean long waits for deliveries crossing the English Channel and increased electricity prices.
“Fresh food availability will decrease, consumer choice will decrease and prices will rise,” Helen Dickinson of the British Retail Consortium said.
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