Stockpile for Brexit?

Prepare for a no deal Brexit with your own special survival kit!

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Plan B? No, just B for Back to Brussels to Beg a Better Backstop, not even Botoxing her old plan A. Theresa May does not surprise. Wild rumours that she might dash for another election or resign mid-crisis fooled no one. Why expect better? If she pretended to listen to flotillas of visitors imploring her to see sense, change course, stop the madness, then she wore earplugs. Of course nothing changed. However, she has every reason for intransigence, strapped to her pilot seat, clamped in irons. Move an inch on the customs union, soften a red line and she would haemorrhage Tory MPs, winning few from Labour. Kate Hoey may cavort at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Bollinger bash at his home to celebrate May’s 230-vote defeat, but entices no fellow Labour MPs.

As the captive prime-minister-in-name-only runs the clock down closer to a nuclear no deal, how terrified should we be? Pay attention when her own business minister, Richard Harrington MP, warns that it would be such an “absolute disaster” that he would resign, warning of car industry collapse if supply chains were cut. Some cabinet ministers would walk, too, rather than take the blame for needless carnage. Every day brings more bad news: the International Air Transport Association warns that 5m sold airline tickets could be cancelled: no deal means no extra flights above last year’s quota.

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Should you stockpile for Brexit, what should you pack?

By Joe Harker

If you're worried about shortages of food and medicine in the aftermath of Brexit then you're definitely right to do so. If the UK leaves on March 29 with no deal, as it is currently on course to do, then imports will be affected and supply chains across the UK will suffer.

Many UK businesses use a "just in time" method for their chains of supply, allowing them to keep full shelves and a constant flow of goods coming in without taking up masses of storage space on products they will need at some point in the future.

The downside of this supply method is that a disruption in one part of the supply chain has a knock on effect. If a product is late to arrive at one part of the supply chain then it will be late for the subsequent parts too, ultimately resulting in it not being on the shelves when it should be. Each goods lorry entering the UK could take up to eight hours to fully check

A no deal Brexit means the UK will leave the EU and have to resort to hard borders, meaning people and goods will need to be subject to stringent checks before they can enter the country. The UK is used to a regular flow of goods coming in and thanks to the customs union that comes with EU membership the rules and regulations are the same on both sides of the border in member state countries.

This is what would cause shortages, with delays at the border stopping goods being imported as smoothly as before and interfering with the supply chains of thousands of British businesses. For many of these companies stockpiling is the best option, though 75 per cent of the UK's warehouse space is reportedly full up leaving them with fewer places to store what they need. Demand isn't expected to change so supply will need to be altered.

That's why some people are taking matters into their own hands and stockpiling food in their own homes, filling their own "Brexit box" with things they don't want to risk running out of. Certain businesses have caught on to an opportunity with this, selling supply boxes costing £300 to "hundreds" according to the BBC.

The Daily Mirror's Mikey Smith sampled the contents of one of these special Brexit supply kits, describing the freeze dried rations contained within the £300 box as "a bit grim".

If you are going to stockpile food yourself then The Guardian recommends that you stock up on things not produced in the UK.

However, you should also remember that while the exit date of March 29 is sooner than you think in a political sense it is also further away from a perishable food standpoint. Don't fill your cupboards full of stuff that's going to go off quickly because you'll get halfway through February and have a box full of rotten food.

Of course this stockpiling might be all for naught as the UK could secure a deal or extend Article 50 to at least delay leaving the EU. However, if that doesn't happen then transport secretary Chris Grayling has already come up with a genius alternative to avert catastrophe, just don't bother conducting checks!

Unfortunately for Mr Grayling and his government, his idea isn't going to work as border checks would be "mandatory" in a no deal Brexit scenario.

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Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried...

LEEDS (Reuters) - With just nine weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union, a company is selling worried Britons a survival kit to help them prepare for the worst.

The "Brexit Box", retailing at 295 pounds ($380), provides food rations to last 30 days, according to its producer, businessman James Blake who says he has already sold hundreds of them.

With still no deal on how Britain will trade with the EU once it leaves, retailers and manufacturers have warned a "no-deal" Brexit could cause food and medicine shortages due to expected chaos at ports that could paralyze supply lines.

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