Military steps up preparations in case of no deal Brexit
Operation Redfold will direct some 3,500 military personnel who have been put on standby for a no-deal scenario.
The armed forces have activated a team in a nuclear-proof bunker under the Ministry of Defence as the government prepares next Monday to enter “very high readiness mode” for a no-deal Brexit, Sky News can reveal.
Control of overall planning for the impact of the UK leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement next week shifts from the Cabinet Office to the government’s emergency committee Cobra.
Teams in situ in the Cabinet Office and the departments for health, transport and defence will be primed to divert resources or deploy manpower where required, a government insider told Sky News.
The military’s crisis management operation – dubbed Operation Redfold – was mobilised at the beginning of this week.