A leaked Whitehall document has presented a worst case scenario in the aftermath of a no-deal Brexit, including widespread fears of consumer panic, rising crime and economic chaos.
Civil servants set out predictions for the first month as the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned such a scenario would deliver an “instantaneous” shock to the economy.
The news comes as Boris Johnson was dealt a significant blow after the Liberal Democrats overturned the Tory majority in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, powered by a "Remain alliance".
The internet responded to this latest leak with shock.
Others tried to make light of the situation.
The possible grim reality of a no-deal Brexit was outlined in the document, which had been divided into the first day, first fortnight and first month on "what this could look like on the ground".
By the end of the first month, “UK nationals unable to meet new EU MS residency requirements may start returning to UK” and “heightened policing resource unsustainable, operational gaps continue to emerge”.
The picture it paints is one of economic chaos.