As the deadline of March 29 coming close when Britain will leave European Union (EU) with or without Brexit deal, the tension is mounting within the ruling Tory party and government. The May government is considering extreme measures including martial law in the Britain if no deal Brexit created chaos and civil unrest. The British government is seriously considering emergency measures to control the unrest and chaos that could follow the no Brexit deal.
According to the British newspaper The Sunday times, the government had been examining the powers at its disposal if a no-deal Brexit resulted in civil disobedience, including martial law, curfews, and the use of the army to quell rioting.
Officials have been discussing the practicalities of implementing the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which would allow the government to make any appropriate provisions to protect human life, health, safety and supplies, it added.
The main headache for the PM May is the emerging scenario of no deal Brexit. The overwhelming majority of the parliamentarians rejected the deal put before the parliament. The May government is desperately looking for a new deal with EU. But EU leaders are not seems interested to offer another deal to Britain. The No deal Brexit can create may hem and disorder in the country. The economy can be hit very hard.
According to the reports published in the section of British media in the last few days, which are clearly indicating that government is considering different options and measures to stop the possible steep economic decline and political instability and disorder. Britain could introduce martial law to stop civil disorder that might ensue under a no-deal Brexit, but that is not the focus of the government’s attention, an unnamed UK official told the media.
But some government ministers dismissed the option of Martial law and said that it is not the focus of the government. They confirmed that government is considering different options but martial law is not high on government preferences. They did say that it is on the statue books and government has the power to impose such extreme measure in the case of an emergency situation but not yet on the cards
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17 November, 2019