The home secretary said that the government is ‘preparing for all contingencies’

Sajid Javid has refused to rule out the possibility that a no-deal Brexit could cause a sharp rise in crime and widespread protests escalating into weeks of civil disorder, saying it was important that police prepare for any such eventualities.

The home secretary was quizzed about contingency plans for a no-deal departure drawn up by the National Police Coordination Centre. These warn that shortages of medicine could “feed civil disorder”, while more general price rises could prompt “widespread protest which could then escalate into disorder”.

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