Brexit could spark ‘civil unrest’ within two weeks warns boss of Amazon
A No Deal Brexit could spark "civil unrest" within just two weeks, the UK head of Amazon has warned.
Doug Gurr allegedly made the shock comment to the Brexit Secretary during a business retreat at his grace-and-favour stately home Chevening.
Tory Dominic Raab is said to have been told the doomsday scenario was part of the warehouse giant’s planning for leaving the EU without a deal.
A source revealed the comment to the Times, saying: "People seem to feel marginally more positive than when they went in.
"Let’s hope so, given that one of the people there with a significant supply chain had civil unrest within two weeks in their no-deal planning.”
Questioned by the Mirror, Amazon did not deny the comment was made.
Instead a spokesman said: "Like any business, we consider a wide range of scenarios in planning discussions so that we’re prepared to continue serving customers and small businesses who count on Amazon, even if those scenarios are very unlikely."
It comes just days after the government stepped up plans for a No Deal Brexit as 12 weeks tick down to Britain needing a deal in October.
Today Theresa May will grapple with her battling Cabinet as she sweeps her top Tories to an away day in Gateshead.
In a bid to give ministers a break from Brexit, she will also announce a £780m infrastructure investment in the East Coast rail line.
But she faces other Brexit doomsday warnings – including that food safety controls could have to be suspended to stop Brits going hungry.
Yesterday pro-EU Tory Dominic Grieve warned No Deal will prompt a "state of emergency" – as Mr Raab refused to deny Britain plans to stockpile food.
Mr Raab, who was made Brexit Secretary just two weeks ago, also refused to deny the M26 motorway could be turned into a lorry park to deal with a blockage at UK ports.
Mr Raab insisted Britain was still preparing for No Deal.
And a German minister today signalled Brussels will push Britain to make its Brexit plan even softer – risking a revolt by Tory Brexiteers.
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Stephan Mayer told the BBC Theresa May’s plan drawn up at Chequers, which ensures a "common rulebook" on goods between the UK and the EU, "won’t be the final result of the negotiations".
He added it was in the UK’s interests to stay as close as possible to the EU rules and he would "support" continued UK membership of the EU Customs Union – which Mrs May has ruled out for being too close to the EU.
Tory former PM Sir John Major yesterday said a second EU referendum would be "morally justified".
Meanwhile, Brexiteer ringleader Jacob Rees-Mogg admitted it could take "50 years" to feel the supposed benefits of leaving.
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