Andrea Leadsom says Operation Yellowhammer No Deal plans would SCARE people

Mail Online | 9/11/2019 | Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Andrea Leadsom has signalled the government will not publish its Operation Yellowhammer No Deal contingency plans in full - despite being told to by MPs - as she said they would scare people.

MPs voted on Monday to force the government to hand over the documents by 11pm tonight.

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But the Business Secretary suggested the government will not release Yellowhammer in its entirety because spelling out the 'reasonable worst case scenario' resulting from a bad break from Brussels would only 'serve to concern people'.

Ms Leadsom also sought to downplay the chances of such a scenario coming to pass as she compared it to being run over by a car: A possibility but not likely.

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It is understood the government will be publishing some material by tonight's deadline but it is unlikely to be enough to satisfy the demands of MPs.

However, while Downing Street is believed to be willing to comply, at least partially, with the demands for Yellowhammer information it is set to defy Parliament over a request for access to the personal mobile phones of Number 10 aides.

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MPs want Downing Street advisers to hand over WhatsApp, Facebook and text messsages as well as personal emails in a bid to prove that Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament because of Brexit.

Mr Johnson has insisted that suspending Parliament for five weeks until October 14 is necessary to allow the government to prepare a raft of new domestic legislation.

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But his critics are adamant that it was motivated by a desire to prevent Brexit scrutiny as the October 31 departure date draws near. They believe private messages could prove this to be the case.

Downing Street sources said that 'under no circumstances' would aides hand over their personal correspondence to MPs.

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MPs voted by 311 to 302 in favour of telling Number...
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