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Police Fear No-Deal Brexit Could Spark Widespread Disorder

Contingency plans the Police are drawing up, amid concerns a no-deal Brexit will lead to civil disorder, include the real possibility of...

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Last May the army joined the police force on the streets of London after a terror attack in Westminster (Picture: PA)

Contingency plans the Police are drawing up, amid concerns a no-deal Brexit will lead to civil disorder, include the real possibility of calling on military assistance.

According to a leaked document a no-deal Brexit could lead to the country facing shortages of goods, food and medicine, according to a leaked document.

Along with plans that involved the military the document also stated that police officers will be prevented from taking leave around the date of the UK's withdrawal in March 2019.

The document has been prepared by the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC).

Other factors highlighted in the report include warnings about transport and travel, as it is expected there will be an increase in traffic queues at ports and "unprecedented and overwhelming" disruption to the road network.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

"I'm glad the police and other experts are looking into this and thinking what might happen in a no-deal scenario."

"I don't expect a no-deal outcome but we need to prepare for all contingencies."

NPCC lead for operations Chief Constable Charlie Hall told the Sunday Times:

"The police are planning for all scenarios that may require a police response in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"At this stage, we have no intelligence to suggest there will be an increase in crime or disorder. However, we remain vigilant and will continue to assess any threats and develop plans accordingly."