UK government documents warn of post-Brexit disruptions to food, drug supplies

UK government documents warn of post-Brexit disruptions to food, drug supplies
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Secret British government documents leaked by The Sunday Times warn of serious disruptions across the United Kingdom if the country leaves the European Union without a deal.

The report predicts “significant” disruptions to medicine supply, a decrease in the availability of fresh food and even potential fresh water shortages due to potential interruptions of imported water treatment chemicals in the case of a "no deal" Brexit.

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Similar forecasts have been made by academics, but have generally been rejected by Brexit proponents in the government.

Newly elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to leave the EU by Oct. 31 with or without a deal.

However, his own officials have warned that with a no-deal Brexit the sharing of law enforcement data and the health of Britain’s crucial financial services industry could be thrown into flux.

Michael Gove, the British minister in charge of no-deal preparations, confirmed the documents released by the Times were real while insisting that they describe a worst case scenario.

Very “significant steps have been taken in the last 3 weeks to accelerate Brexit planning,” he tweeted. 

But the documents mention a “base scenario,” not a “worst case” one.

The Times quoted a Cabinet Office source saying the memos were simply realistic assessments of what was most likely to happen.