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.
There will be near 24-hour manning of critical departments most at risk from Brexit disruption.
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.
Troops from Monday will ready to be deployed at a day’s notice as the government lays the groundwork for a possible no-deal exit at the end of next week.