Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the Government’s attempts to avoid releasing the full “Yellowhammer” documents about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit. MPs on Monday evening voted to force the publication of the documents, which are believed to predict that a no-deal Brexit could cause food shortages and limit the availability of life-saving medicines.
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:
“Boris Johnson’s refusal to share these essential documents in full, with Parliament and the public, has been a disgrace. The Government has launched a massive advertising campaign to tell us to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, but they wouldn’t tell anyone what to prepare for. It’s as if the Met Office were sending out weather warnings, but wouldn’t say if we should get ready for a heatwave or a blizzard.”
“In the Northern Isles our businesses rely on having trustworthy information about their markets and future circumstances. Farmers, crofters and fishermen especially risk severe challenges in the wake of a no-deal Brexit. Sudden and unpredictable upheaval could be catastrophic for many businesses across the UK.
“What we all need is information on the potential risks of a no-deal Brexit, so that people can plan and protect themselves. The Government has this information. By refusing to share it, the Government put all of us at risk.”