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Rennie: Doctored document is evidence that Conservatives are planning for food and medicine shortages

September 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that the Conservatives have been "caught red handed" doctoring documents to downplay the risk of food and medicine shortages as a result of a no deal Brexit.

On 11 September, Michael Gove tweeted that "Yellowhammer is a reasonable worst case scenario NOT our base case of what will happen".

However, under questioning from Mr Rennie, the First Minister confirmed that the document was previously presented to the Scottish Government in August under the title "base case scenario"

Mr Rennie said:

"The Conservatives have been caught red handed. They have doctored the Yellowhammer report just before publication in order to minimise the political damage to them.

"This is reprehensible but all too predictable from this cavalier Conservative Government.

"Michael Gove needs to issue an immediate statement with the original document which has not been doctored."