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No-deal Brexit: UK government warns supermarkets to stockpile food

Source : 112 Ukraine

Stores reported to have been warned to stockpile food and other essential supplies in anticipation of shortages
22:30, 14 December 2020

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The UK government has warned supermarkets to stockpile food and other essential supplies amid increasing fears of a no-deal Brexit in less than three weeks’ time, Sunday Times reports.

There have already been widespread warnings from business leaders about possible shortages of fresh produce, possible delays in deliveries from the mainland and price increases in the event of a no-deal scenario – where the UK and EU fail to reach post-Brexit trade deal.

Related: Brexit deadline is ditched as both sides agree to go “extra mile”

The two sides have until December 31 to reach a deal, and although talks continue at this late stage, they have warned that a no-deal is the most likely outcome.

Online grocer Ocado stocks long-lasting products such as Italian beer, according to a report last week, while the president of Tesco said his company “tries to ensure as much as possible that we stock long-lasting products. duration in our warehouses. or with our suppliers."

Related: Post-Brexit trade: Another London-Brussels negotiation failed

Boris Johnson and the president of EU commission, Ursula von der Leyen, continued on Saturday tense trade negotiations, but the dialogue did not bring results.

As we reported earlier, the UK and Canada have signed an interim trade deal that guarantees continuity after Brexit transition period expires.

The transition period between the UK and the European Union expires on December 31, 2020, which means that Britain will no longer be included in agreements signed between the bloc and other countries.

The deal signed with Canada means the two countries will continue to trade under the same rules as previously, while they negotiate a "bespoke" agreement. Canada accounted for about 1.5% of the U.K.'s total trade in goods and services last year.

Related: EU leaders hold two-day summit to discuss climate, Covid-19, putting Brexit off

 

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