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Michael Gove’s clumsy bid to spin the Yellowhammer plan is a disgrace

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When the Yellowhammer document assessing the effect of leaving the EU without a deal was leaked to The Sunday Times last month, Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal planning, dismissed it as an “old document”.

It turned out to have been 16 days old, drawn up eight days after he and Boris Johnson took office.

Gove also said that the paper – with its warnings of medicine shortages and civil unrest – set out “the absolutely worst case”. Now the government has published a version of the document headed “Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions”, so he appeared to be guilty merely of exaggeration

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But wait. Rosamund Urwin, the Sunday Times journalist who........

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