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British Army on standby to deliver food, medicine, fuel if no Brexit: report

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in Germany in June 2016.


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  • Plans are being made for the British Army to deliver
    food, medicine, and fuel to people around the country if a
    no-deal Brexit causes shortages.
  • It is feared that a no-deal Brexit would create a
    “doomsday scenario” in the UK.
  • Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but
    negotiations with the EU still appear to be
    deadlocked.

The British Army has reportedly been put on standby to deliver
food, medicines, and fuel in case of shortages if the UK leaves
the EU without a deal.

The military would be called in to assist civilian authorities if
they ran out of such supplies, with helicopters and army trucks
being used to shuttle aid to people around the country,
The Sunday Times reported
.

The contingency plans were all made in case Britain left the EU
next March with no deal. The Ministry of Defence has not received
a formal request for the aid, but told the Sunday newspaper that
there was “a blueprint for us supporting the civilian authorities
that can be dusted off” if the time came.

British media has reported on a “doomsday scenario” created by a
no-deal Brexit in recent months. Britain is set to leave the
EU on March 29, 2019, and negotiations with the EU still appear
to be deadlocked.

Government officials have
reportedly “begun contingency planning”
for the Port of Dover
— the nearest English port to France — to “collapse” immediately
after Britain leaves the EU.

It is also feared that supermarkets and hospitals would run out
of food and medicine in a matter of days. Brexit secretary
Dominic Raab
promised earlier this week
to make sure food supplies
remained “adequate.”

Health secretary Matt Hancock also said last week the government
was
preparing to stockpile medicines and blood supplies
in the
event of no deal.

An unnamed minister told The Sunday Times: “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.”

A no-deal Brexit could also significantly weaken the value of the
pound, and “plausibly knock a percentage point or so off growth
next year,” said
Vicky Redwood
, global economist at Capital Economics.

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