There will be no “Armageddon” if Britain fails to agree a Brexit deal with the European Union, Downing Street has insisted.
Whitehall officials are reported to have drawn up three different scenarios in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement with Brussels.
According to the Sunday Times, these include mild and severe scenarios of no deal, while a further scenario is known as “Armageddon”.
Under this, Britain would run short of medicines, food and fuel within two weeks of Brexit taking effect.
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But addressing the claims on Monday, Theresa May’s official spokesman said such projections were “completely false”.
He added: “We know that none of this will happen. We have always been clear we are planning for all scenarios and we will be fully prepared.
“We are equally clear that we are working towards a deal because it’s in the interests of both sides.”
The documents are said to have been written for the Inter-Ministerial Group on Preparedness by civil servants at the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU), Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Transport.
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According to the Sunday Times, they were leaked by officials concerned by Brexiteers’ confidence about the UK’s prospects if it left the EU without a deal.
A source told the newspaper: “In the second scenario, not even the worst, the port of Dover will collapse on day one.
“The supermarkets in Cornwall and Scotland will run out of food within a couple of days, and hospitals will run out of medicines within two weeks.”
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They added: “You would have to medevac medicine into Britain, and at the end of week two we would be running out of petrol as well.”