No deal Brexit could lead to “civil unrest”, Amazon UK boss warns


No deal Brexit could lead to “civil unrest” within two weeks, the boss of Amazon UK has warned.

Doug Gurr made the warning on Friday during a meeting with other business leaders and the new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.

Gurr said that the online retail firm was now considering this worst-case outcome as part of their contingency planning.

An Amazon spokesman declined to confirm or deny the comments but told media: “Like any business, we consider a wide range of scenarios in planning discussions so that we’re prepared to continue serving customers and small businesses who count on Amazon, even if those scenarios are very unlikely.

“This is not specific to any one issue – it’s the way we plan for any number of issues around the world.”

The warnings come as Raab refused to set out details of the government’s no-deal plan, despite him insisting the UK would “thrive”. He condemned “hair-raising stories”, about food being stockpiled and motorways turned into lorry parks if the UK crashes out of the EU without a trade deal.