Disaster Planners Consulted By Sadiq Khan Over No-Deal Brexit

On Friday, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said that he had requested the organisation dealing with militant attacks and disasters in the British capital to conduct an assessment on the effect of a “no-deal” Brexit on law and order and on the access to medicines and food.

Khan said that he would be consulting the London Resilience Forum which plans responses to disasters including the Grenfell Tower Fire regarding the implications for the United Kingdom of crashing out of the European Union without a deal. He said that such a “catastrophic” outcome seemed more likely than ever.

The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union in March 2019, and with time running out to finalise an agreement over future ties, both European and British politicians are warning of the heighten possibilities of a no-deal” Brexit.

In a statement, Khan stated: “Even ministers now admit that crashing out of the EU with no deal is now more likely than ever.”

He added: “We are now left with no choice but to plan for a no-deal scenario.”

In an interview on Thursday with the ITV News, Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary,  said that leaving the European Union in a “messy, ugly divorce” would be a mistake that the United Kingdom would “regret for generations.” Although on Friday, he tweeted to clarify that he believed that the United Kingdom would still “survive and prosper without a deal.”

In an interview with BBC radio, Kristian Jensen, the finance minister of Denmark, said that he believed that the probabilities that there would be no deal in Brexit talks were 50/50. He echoed the comments made by the foreign minister of Latvia earlier in the week.

Khan expressed his criticism over the lack of engagement by the government with firms over the preparations for a no-deal scenario. A British official said that the government is set to begin sending out advice to companies regarding such a scenario this August and September.

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister,  has repeatedly said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed in the Brexit discussions. So in principle, a no-deal Brexit would jeopardise an accord reached for a transition phase that would extend the close ties to the bloc until December 2020.

Khan said that he would consult firms regarding their contingency plans, with agreement over the “settled status” of European employees dependent on the successful negotiations with the European Union over the future relationship of the United Kingdom with the bloc.

Khan stated: “I am calling on Theresa May to do the only sensible and humane thing and extend the offer of settled status to EU citizens currently living in the UK now, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations.”