United Kingdom government 'doctored' no-deal Brexit documents, claims MSP

Trucks queue up at the port of Dover on the south coast of England in March 2018

Trucks queue up at the port of Dover on the south coast of England in March 2018

Traffic queues could affect fuel deliveries and trade routes, disrupting supplies of medicines and fresh food.

Asked if he was anxious about a No Deal Brexit, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'As long as we get satisfactory answers and progress on how the operating model for customs clearance is going to work, and communicate that to the logistics haulage industry, I am pretty confident that we can avoid disruption in Kent'. His opponents say they will let him call an election only once the threat of a no-deal exit is taken off the table.

The government said it would publish an updated version of the assessment soon that would show how much progress had been made. However, Boris Johnson sought to downplay the potential impact, calling the report a plan for the "worst-case scenario". But he refused to make public the advice of government advisers about Johnson's decision to prorogue, or suspend, parliament from Monday until 14 October. Michael Gove, the minister in charge of Brexit planning, said the request was inappropriate and disproportionate.

The documents painted a grim picture of possible "public disorder and community tensions" as well as logjams at Channel ports, threatening supplies, after a no-deal departure.

Meanwhile, MPs also voted for all internal correspondence and communications between people advising the government related to Brexit to be handed over for scrutiny.

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was meant to stymie lawmakers, prompting Mr Johnson's opponents to accuse him of lying to the Queen as to the reasons for the suspension.

Then on Tuesday Johnson suspended Parliament for five weeks until October 14, sparking outrage among legislators and several legal challenges.

But the judge, in his written ruling, judge said: "I consider the characterisation of the subject matter of these proceedings as inherently and unmistakably political to be beyond plausible dispute".

Johnson insists he suspended Parliament so that he can launch a fresh domestic agenda at a new session next month.

Mr Johnson took office in July vowing to get Brexit done on the scheduled Oct 31 date - "do or die", even if there is no divorce deal to smooth the way.

But he lost his parliamentary majority last week after a series of defections and expulsions from his governing Conservative Party amid opposition to his strident Brexit stance.

"The Yellowhammer documents have exposed not just the devastating impact an extreme Tory Brexit will have on the United Kingdom, but it has also exposed Michael Gove's conflicting and misleading remarks over the nature of the documents".

"Virtually all of the assembled evidence belongs to the world of politics, both national and supra-national".

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the Conservative government had been "caught red handed" after Nicola Sturgeon admitted that the Yellowhammer report the Scottish Government received was entitled "base scenario".

Johnson's envoy David Frost has been holding talks in Brussels this week but no breakthrough has been made, and the European Union says it is still waiting for firm proposals from the United Kingdom.

The bloc's chief Brexit negotiator, Mr Michel Barnier, told reporters that "we are still ready to examine objectively any concrete and legally operational proposals from the UK".