Armed forces may help deliver food, fuel and medicine if no-deal Brexit causes shortages

Armed forces may help deliver food, fuel and medicine if no-deal Brexit causes shortages

Monday, July 30, 2018

The army has reportedly been put on standby to help with possible shortages of goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The armed forces may step in to help deliver food, fuel and medicine, according to the Sunday Times.

An unidentified minister told the paper that the plans were “being realistic”, and the army’s help may be needed if delays at ports caused shortages.

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"There is a lot of civil contingency planning around the prospect of no deal. That's not frightening the horses, that's just being utterly realistic,” they said.

The Ministry of Defence said there had been “no formal request” to help in the event of goods shortages.

Last week Theresa May urged Brits to take “reassurance and comfort” from the fact the government are making contingency plans.

"Far from being worried about preparations that we are making, I would say that people should take reassurance and comfort from the fact that the government is saying we are in a negotiation, we are working for a good deal - I believe we can get a good deal - but... because we don't know what the outcome is going to be... let's prepare for every eventuality,” she told 5 News.

"This is not just about stockpiling. That concept, what it is, is about making sure that we will be able to continue to do the things that are necessary once we have left the European Union, if we leave without a deal."

 

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