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Operation Yellowhammer document: Chair of Committee seeks answers from Michael Gove MP

17 September 2019

The Chair of the Committee on Exiting the European Union, Hilary Benn MP, has written to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove MP, to clarify points relating the Operation Yellowhammer document, published following the Humble Address passed by the House of Commons on 9 September.

In particular, Mr Benn asks:

  • why the document received by the House is entitled the "Reasonable Worst Case Scenario" compared to a version obtained by the Sunday Times entitled the "Base Scenario";
  • that any differences between the two documents are set out and explained;
  • that, as the document is a five page summary, any detailed documents supporting the assessments are made available to the Select Committee and MPs.

In evidence to the Brexit Committee on 5 September, Mr Gove committed to publishing revised assumptions from the Operation Yellowhammer document in due course, alongside a document outlining the mitigations the Government plans to put in place, or has already put in place. Mr Benn asks Mr Gove to confirm when this information will be made available to Parliament, and to confirm which assumptions from the original document have been revised.

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