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Andrea Leadsom has signalled the government will not publish its Operation Yellowhammer No Deal contingency plans in full - despite being told to by MPs - as she said they would scare people.
MPs voted on Monday to force the government to hand over the documents by 11pm tonight.
But the Business Secretary suggested the government will not release Yellowhammer in its entirety because spelling out the 'reasonable worst case scenario' resulting from a bad break from Brussels would only 'serve to concern people'.
Ms Leadsom also sought to downplay the chances of such a scenario coming to pass as she compared it to being run over by a car: A possibility but not likely.
It is understood the government will be publishing some material by tonight's deadline but it is unlikely to be enough to satisfy the demands of MPs.
However, while Downing Street is believed to be willing to comply, at least partially, with the demands for Yellowhammer information it is set to defy Parliament over a request for access to the personal mobile phones of Number 10 aides.
MPs want Downing Street advisers to hand over WhatsApp, Facebook and text messsages as well as personal emails in a bid to prove that Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament because of Brexit.
Mr Johnson has insisted that suspending Parliament for five weeks until October 14 is necessary to allow the government to prepare a raft of new domestic legislation.
But his critics are adamant that it was motivated by a desire to prevent Brexit scrutiny as the October 31 departure date draws near. They believe private messages could prove this to be the case.
Downing Street sources said that 'under no circumstances' would aides hand over their personal correspondence to MPs.
Andrea Leadsom, pictured in Downing Street earlier this month, said publishing Operation Yellowhammer documents in full would 'concern people'
The Government is expected to defy a vote by MPs on Monday, led by Dominic Grieve, which called for ministers to publish Operation Yellowhammer and hand over personal correspondence of Number 10 aides
MPs voted by 311 to 302 in favour of telling Number 10 advisers to hand over their messages and for ministers to release their No Deal contingency plans in full.
The MPs, led by former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve, set a deadline for the material to be surrendered of 11pm this evening.
Ministers are thought to be willing to publish a 'revised' version of their secret Operation Yellowhammer No Deal documents but the request for personal correspondence sparked fury.
One government source told MailOnline: 'Dominic Grieve can f*** off.'
The motion agreed by MPs is binding on the government but it is unclear what could happen if Downing Street fails to comply fully with what has been requested.
Ms Leadsom said that the government 'always abides by the law and there is a lot of consideration now as to what can be offered'.
She described the vote as an 'absolute travesty' and said that MPs were trying to 'ride rough shod' over Freedom of Information Act rules.