Work is under way on the possibility of using the military in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, a defence minister has said.
Tobias Ellwood said talks were being held behind the scenes about contingency plans.
He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “It is the job of the Chief of Defence Staff, indeed the MoD and the Defence Secretary, to consider all scenarios whether how vague or rare they might be or whether they might be something that’s expected, we have to plan for every single scenario.
“So yes, there are contingency plans being made, there are discussions being held behind the scenes as to what support our armed forces will do.”
Mr Ellwood added: “If there is a requirement to provide assistance, we are looking right across the full spectrum of requirements to make sure that we are prepared to, necessarily, stand up if asked to do so.”
The government has said it is confident of agreeing a deal with the European Union, but it is the responsible course of action to plan for every eventuality.
Ministers have released a number of documents advising businesses and the public of what they need to do if there is no Brexit deal.
They have covered areas like aviation safety, civilian nuclear power, medical drugs, the rights of British citizens living in the EU, road haulage and fishing rights.