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UK is preparing for disruptions of drugs and food supplies due to Brexit


10/24/2018


If Brussels and London do not reach a satisfactory Brexit agreement, the delivery of goods to the UK along the main route will be difficult.



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Absence of a deal between London and Brussels on Brexit could lead to a significant difficulty in transporting goods between Dover and Calais, reports the Financial Times with reference to the head of the secretariat of the British Cabinet David Lidington. According to the newspaper, he told members of the government that the resumption of customs checks for six months on this route will lead to the fact that it will be possible to transport only 12-25% of the current volume of goods. This can lead to disruptions in the supply of food and medicine.

In anticipation of possible transportation problems, the British government is working on a new logistics strategy. The authorities are preparing for the fact that they will have to charter vessels that will be able to deliver cargo to the less loaded ports of the country.

Food imports provide 30% of the UK's needs, and most of the cargo is delivered along the route Calais - Dover.

However, London has been developing the “worst scenario” for quite some time. Back in July after Theresa May took personal control of the Brexit negotiations, the British ministers began to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Then the Minister for Brexit Dominic Raab said that the ministers would provide Britain with "sufficient food supplies" if the agreement is not reached.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Matt Hancock, also said that he asked officials to "work out options for the accumulation" of medicines.

source: bbc.co.uk






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