Operation Yellowhammer: ‘Just in time’ supply chain at risk, warns chemicals sector

Crashing out of the EU without a deal could cause months of supply chain chaos, according to official contingency plans published yesterday, with the UK chemicals sector urging the government to secure a Brexit deal to prevent disruption.

The Yellowhammer document, setting out the government’s “reasonable worst case planning assumptions”, indicates that lorries could face up to two and a half days of delay before being able to cross into the UK, with associated impacts on the supply of fresh food and medicines. 

Between 50-85% of lorries “may not be ready for French customs” the day after a possible no-deal Brexit on 31 October, the document reads, with the worst disruption lasting up to three months. However, “there could continue to be some disruption for considerably longer”, it warns. 

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