In what’s either an epic political blunder or a calculated error, Treasury minister John Glen was snapped leaving a meeting this morning clutching a document that reveals contingency plans for a no deal Brexit .
According to the leaked document, the project has a very odd name that has aroused suspicion: Operation Yellowhammer.
Since the news broke, people have taken to social media with their own theories not only about what the document means for Brexit negotiations – but also what the name Operation Yellowhammer ACTUALLY means.
As well as the Treasury’s secret code name for it’s no deal Brexit plans, the yellowhammer is a type of British bird with a very unique song – it has long been said that the yellowhammer’s song sounds like it’s saying “a little bit of bread and no cheese”.
Some people on Twitter reckon this is a coded way of saying that a no-deal Brexit could mean RATIONING for the general public.
Some fear the name could be a signal that the government is anticipating less imported cheese from Europe if we leave the bloc without striking trade deals.
People have also pointed to the fact Theresa May revealed in July that the government was stockpiling food and medicines in case of a no deal Brexit – something she said the British public should take “comfort and reassurance” from.
Others have said that a yellow hammer is a type of curve ball – indicating the obstacles that are to come.
Some people have even more sinister theories about the significance of the name Operation Yellowhammer, as legends link the bird to the devil.
HM Treasury sources say that the government uses random names for some of its programmes – so the name may not actually mean anything at all. Sorry, folks.