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UK authorities prepare for a food collapse worse than a pandemic

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Supermarkets and ministers are very concerned about shopping panic. They saw what happened during the coronavirus pandemic, when people started buying up rolls of toilet paper, and now they know how quickly things can go wrong if the UK cannot negotiate with the EU.

UK authorities prepare for a food collapse worse than a pandemic

UK emergency planners predict that the abandonment of the United Kingdom's deal with the EU will trigger panic food purchases on a scale that could dwarf the coronavirus crisis. About this on Sunday writes by The Sunday Times.

A UK exit from the EU without a deal is possible if London and Brussels fail to agree on a new trade agreement by the end of the year. In this case, the UK government has recommended stores and supermarkets to stockpile groceries.

Food manufacturers have warned that there will be a shortage of vegetables within three months, and supermarkets have already warned the authorities about a possible shortage. At the same time, the UK Department of Health instructed drug providers to create a reserve of drugs for the next six weeks.

Negotiations on a UK-EU trade agreement resumed in early December. The parties have repeatedly stated their disagreements. A senior British official told The Sunday Times that the chances of signing an agreement are now less than 20%.

Today, December 13, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will hold regular talks. At them they must decide whether it makes sense to continue negotiations on Brexit.

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