Behind the Headlines

"Emergency workers being hired to handle post-Brexit disruption"

Written on 10/11/2018

What’s the story?

The government is recruiting “resilience advisers” to help communities cope with the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit. Read more on the Guardian website

How reliable is the story?

Reliable. The roles are currently advertised on the civil service careers website, where they are described as an “exciting and challenging” opportunity to cope with the emergency of a no-deal Brexit.

What’s the background?

  • As part of the government’s no-deal contingency plans, “resilience advisers” are currently being recruited to support communities in the event of a chaotic Brexit. Evidence
  • The advisers will form part of a Resilience and Emergency Department (RED) tasked with preparing for and tackling any “disruption” caused by a disorderly Brexit. Evidence
  • RED usually responds to civil emergencies such as flooding, fires and rioting. Evidence
  • Resilience advisers will be paid up to £50,000 a year and will work in fifteen locations across the UK. Evidence
  • If the government fails to secure a deal with the EU, from 30th March the UK will suddenly drop out of current legal frameworks which facilitate cross-border transport, trade, e-commerce, and services, creating a state of legal limbo for the UK. Evidence
  • Recently, the police expressed concerns that civil disobedience could arise if there is a prolonged shortage of food and medicine. Evidence
  • The government has been stepping up its preparation for a no-deal Brexit, releasing a series of no-deal preparedness notices to help businesses get ready for leaving the EU without a deal. Evidence
  • Notices include warnings such as food rotting at border crossings, blood needing to be stockpiled and credit card payment charges increasing. Evidence
  • Indeed, the government has also produced contingency plans for major delays at UK ports, and work has started on turning the M26 into a lorry park. Evidence

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