A flue that is corroded will allow the combustion products to be recycled causing a poor burn and producing even more carbon monoxide, that will kill you
The kind of co levels likely to occur with a corroded flue will kill you in less than an hour.
I'm a bit puzzled by this. I understand that if the flue is corroded internally between the post combustion air and the boiler air supply, some transfer will occur, but as no reference is made to the failure of the external flue being corroded, how would it get into your home and kill you? I thought boilers were room sealed?Did you call the engineer to thank him for possibly saving your life?
I'm not questioning for a minute the decision to disconnect an unsafe boiler, just my enquiring mind wondering about the technical aspect.