The British “Sunday Times” reported today that in order to avoid a disorderly disorder after the absence of an agreement, the British government is assessing the possibility of using martial law.
Health Minister Matt Hancock denied the government’s plan to use martial law when he was interviewed by the BBC, but did not rule out the possibility of using it. He said: “Of course, the government will consider any possible measures in the event that anything can happen.”
In response to the lack of agreement to break the EU, the British government previously stated that it would deploy 3,500 troops on standby. The latest report pointed out that officials are evaluating the use of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (2004) to prevent civil unrest that may occur if there is no agreement to leave the European Union on March 29.
The Civil Emergency Response Act was born because Prime Minister Tony Blair believed that the original decree was insufficient to cope with the UK floods in 2000 and the foot and mouth disease in 2001.
According to the Civil Emergency Response Act, the government has the power to impose curfews, prohibit travel, and expropriate property. The most drastic measures include the use of force to disrupt, or the modification of any bill passed by Congress for up to 21 days, the Human Rights Act. except.
The Times Times reported that according to sources in the Cabinet Office, Robert MacFarlane, deputy director of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS), was involved in discussing the possibility of using the Civil Emergency Response Act.
In response to the absence of an agreement to leave the EU, the British government has entered the final stage of the Operation Yellowhammer, and the idea of launching the emergency bill originally used for war or terrorism was first proposed last week.
The source alleged: “With the preparations for the absence of an agreement to leave the EU, the civil servants have been increasingly involved, and some people have begun to ask questions, how to deal with the legal level.”
Another source said: “The core of the overall response plan is to worry about the disorder of the people, which leads to casualties or food and medical shortages.”
The power conferred by the Civil Emergency Response Act is “very harsh” and can be enforced as long as it is necessary to protect the lives, health, safety, property, and money, food, water, energy or fuel supply. The British government used the volcanic ash crisis triggered by the volcanic eruption in Iceland in 2010 as a model to measure the possible chaos in unconditional Brexit.
The source pointed out: “Although there is no way to present the disorder caused by unconditional Brexit, the degree of chaos may be more than 1000 times that of the volcanic ash crisis, but this is the closest example we can find in modern British history.”
The source said: “If there is an almost chaotic event with no agreement, it will only be a large-scale war that has broken out across Europe.”
David Lammy, a supporter of the European group “Best for Britain” and Labour MP, said to the government that the martial law was used: “This is a comprehensive crisis and the government is recklessly planning a self-inflicted operation.”
He said: “In the absence of consensus on the Brexit plan in Congress, it is still determined to move forward on the road to Brexit. This government is declaring war on itself.”
A spokesman for Downing Street said: “Respecting the decision to leave the European referendum means that the UK will leave the EU. The Prime Minister has said that no agreement will lead to turmoil. As a responsible government, we will take appropriate actions to ensure The level of interference is minimized and the country is ready.”
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