Under Operation Redfold, troops will be on guard in a nuclear-proof bunker to help the Government with any disruption, if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal in just seven days time, Sky News reports. The move forms part of ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ which outlines the Government contingency plans, this includes up to 3,500 soldiers on standby to help transport food, fuel and other goods into and around the country. A MoD spokesman said: “We are always willing to support wider government planning for any scenario, and we have committed to holding 3,500 troops at readiness to aid contingency plans.
“We will consider any requests from other government departments if they feel defence capability could contribute to their no-deal planning.”
The escalation in no deal planning was confirmed by the Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay who stated ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ would be “enacted fully” if a deal was not agreed between the UK and EU before March 25.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Theresa May has secured a short extension to Article 50 to prevent crashing out of the bloc on March 29.
At the summit in Brussels, Mrs May requested a three-month extension to the negotiation process to June 30.
However, the EU27 was determined to ensure the UK leaves before European Parliament elections on May 23-26, unless Mrs May relents and allows Britain to join in.
European Council president Donald Tusk tabled proposals for the date of Brexit to be put off from March 29 to April 12, with a further extension available beyond that.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister has been under increasing pressure from the British public to revoke Article 50 altogether after a petition reached over 2 million signatures.
However a No 10 spokeswoman said Mrs May worried failing to deliver Brexit would cause “potentially irreparable damage to public trust”.
She said: “The Prime Minister has long been clear that failing to deliver on the referendum result would be a failure of our democracy and something she couldn’t countenance.
“The Prime Minister has said many times she will not countenance revoking Article 50.”