Published On: Sun, Aug 18th, 2019

Brexit latest: Number 10 think they know who leaked Yellowhammer | Politics | News

The document revealed civil servant concerns about no deal resulting in food and medicine shortages, which was leaked to The Sunday Times. As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson pointed out the plans in the document were drawn up by the previous Theresa May government and argued the leak resulted in a frustration of his exits to renegotiate Mrs May’s deal. Sources at Number 10 have blamed a group of ex-ministers led by Philip Hammond and David Gauke: “It has been deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with EU leaders. 

“Those obstructing preparation are no longer in Government, £2billion of extra funding has already made available and Whitehall has been stood up to actually do the work through the daily ministerial meetings.”

A spokesman for Mr Hammond said “it was absolutely not him” while Mr Guake was unable to be reached by The Telegraph.

The documents were marked “official sensitive” and thus not meant to be removed from departments, though the Cabinet Office did not confirm whether or not an inquiry could took place.

An insider close to the anti no-deal group has also said: “There is no negotiating strategy – and no serious plan for a no-deal. This is all about unelected ideologues at No 10 hell-bent on an undemocratic no-deal.”

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Mr Johnson has constantly maintained Britain will leave the European Union on October 31 under his premiership.

During the early stages of the election campaign, he warned his party would face “extinction” if that exit did not happen.

He has said he wishes for changes to the withdrawal agreement, in particular, the backstop agreement.

Though he has maintained he will push forward with no deal if that renegotiation was not successful.

Mr Johnson was one of the leading figures of the Vote Leave campaign.

His victory in the Tory leadership contest saw the departures of both Mr Hammond and Mr Gauke.

Mr Hammond was replaced as Chancellor of Exchequer by Sajid Javid with Priti Patel returning to Cabinet as Home Secretary to replace Mr Javid.

Mr Guake was replaced as Justice Secretary and Lord High Chancellor by Robert Buckland with Lucy Frazer taking Mr Buckland’s position as Prisons Minister within the Ministry of Justice which can also oversee justice administration in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha as well as the Falkland Islands.

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