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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Martial law plans being prepped to prevent riots after no-deal Brexit

Plans to introduce a martial law to prevent unrest in the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit are being looked at by the country’s top planners.

Now it has been reported Brexit planners are looking into the possible imposition of martial law after no-deal Brexit to prevent civil disobedience. 

According to a report in the Sunday Times, powers available under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 would allow ministers to impose curfews, travels bans, confiscate property and deploy the armed forces to quell rioting.

An anonymous Whitehall source told the newspaper:

The over-riding theme in all the no-deal planning is civil disobedience and the fear that it will lead to death in the event of food and medical shortages.

The newspaper quoted another source as saying that planners were using the disruption caused by the volcanic ash in Iceland during 2010 as a model for possible disorder.

But the source said that a no-deal Brexit would be “about a thousand times worse" than the volcanic ash cloud crisis, before adding:

The only other thing that would be comparable would be something like a major Europe-wide war.

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