MICHAEL Gove has put 1,600 soldiers on standby to keep fuel flowing in case of a No Deal Brexit.
Secret bunkers are reportedly being filled with provisions across the UK amid concerns Britain’s looming departure from the EU will spark widespread fuel shortages.
The Mail On Sunday reported Mr Gove – who is responsible for preparing for No Deal – told a meeting of his Daily Operations Committee that a reserve tanker fleet of 80 tankers would be ready to be deployed if no deal was reached by October 31.
The committee – known in Whitehall as the XO – was warned that if airport operations were threatened by shortages, airlines would be warned to start rationing.
It comes after leaked Whitehall documents warned Britain would be hit with a three-month “meltdown” at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine.
The forecasts, compiled by the Cabinet Office, said delays at the border could “affect fuel distribution” and impact supply in London and the South East.
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It comes after Mr Johnson has insisted he will not postpone Brexit’s October 31 deadline no matter what.
And he suggested he was only bound “in theory” by the bill passed last week that ordered him to ask for a Brexit delay until January 31 next year if no agreement has been reached by October 19 and MPs do not back No Deal.
Bojo is now reportedly plotting to turn the tables on stubborn Brussels chiefs to provoke them into kicking Britain out.
The PM plans to refuse appointing a new European Commissioner – stopping the EU from carrying out any useful function.
But Amber Rudd today accused the Prime Minister of focusing too much on No Deal after claiming “80-90 per cent” of government time was preparing for No Deal.
After betraying the PM by quitting the Cabinet last night, she claimed: “There is a huge amount of planning in getting No Deal.
“But I have not seen enough planning in actually getting deal.”
But Sajid Javid hit back, saying while Boris would “absolutely not” go begging back to the bloc, he was committed to preparing for a deal.
He insisted: “I am absolutely clear that we are working wholeheartedly, straining every sinew, to get a deal and the Prime Minister is personally putting in all the significant effort you’d expect from a leader to get this done.”
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Mr Johnson’s strong stance to pull Britain out from the EU has appeared to resonate with voters, with the PM snatching a 14 per cent lead on Labour according to the latest polls.
The Conservative Party is polling at 35 per cent while Labour lags behind at 21 per cent, according to a new YouGov survey.
Labour’s four per cent drop come as Jeremy Corbyn was labelled a “chicken” for blocking Mr Johnson’s calls for a snap general election.
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