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British military opens no-deal Brexit nerve centre

22nd March 2019 - 09:42 GMT | by ​Agence France-Presse in London

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The UK MoD has started up a no-deal Brexit operations centre in a nuclear-bomb-proof bunker in central London, a spokesperson told AFP on 21 March.

'It's a team that's ready to support any action if it becomes necessary,' the spokesperson said, adding that the new centre has 'all the right infrastructure'.

'As we get closer to a theoretical or possible no-deal, this is the place where the response could be coordinated,' the spokesman said.

The MoD in December 2018 said 3,500 military personnel would be on stand-by to help government departments for 'any contingencies' in case of a no-deal outcome.

The spokesman said those troops were now 'at readiness'.

The military's crisis management operation for a no-deal Brexit, which is dubbed Operation Redfold, was activated at the beginning of this week.

The bunker is underneath the MoD main building in Whitehall (pictured) and is the facility used in times of national emergency, British media reported.

Military personnel could be used to help transport food, fuel and other goods into and around the country in case of delays at the border, the reports said.

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