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Secret Cold War-Era Plans To Evacuate The Queen Reportedly Revived Amid Fears Of Brexit Riots

2019 is already off to a wild start between all the political turmoil going on stateside, and national tensions appear to be growing more heated in the United Kingdom, where British officials have reportedly “repurposed” Cold War-era emergency plans to evacuate Queen Elizabeth II amid fears of riots should Brexit––the impending withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union––prove disruptive.

The Sunday Times first reported the news of the plans, “which were originally intended to be put into action in the event of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union” and would entail moving the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh out of London to a secret location. The Times has agreed not to disclose these plans in detail.

“These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit,” an unnamed source from the government’s Cabinet Office told the publication.

The news spread quickly.

The news comes as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to return to Brussels to fight for a Brexit deal. The British populace doesn’t appear too hopeful, however, and families “are anticipating a shortage of groceries and other staples, if the supply chain is disrupted because of customs delays and gridlock generated by the change in existing customs protocols,” according to at least one report.

If all of this sounds surreal, consider how the British feel about the matter.

At least a few people are skeptical.

Historian and screenwriter Alex von Tunzelmann’s says her biggest fear is that people’s opinions on Brexit will have won over cold, hard facts.

She and journalist Alex Thompson, the chief correspondent on Channel 4, found themselves disagreeing over what the consequences of a no-deal Brexit could be.

And here’s what we’re all thinking:

Berserk, indeed.

So what are some of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit? 

To put it simply, a no-deal Brexit signals that the U.K. and the E.U. were unable to reach a withdrawal agreement and that there will be no 21-month withdrawal period to brace for the effects of the U.K reverting to World Trade Organization rules on trade and the price of goods rising as a result of businesses having to place tariffs on goods imported from the E.U. And while the U.K. would no longer have to make an annual £13 billion contribution to the EU budget, it would no longer be eligible for certain E.U. subsidies.

Additionally, the fate of 1.3 million Britons living in E.U. nations would be uncertain, and professionals would find that their qualifications invalidated as they lose their right to live and work in E.U. territory. The matter of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would also remain unresolved.