British Prime Minister May says public should not be alarmed by medicine stockpiling

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the public should be reassured by government plans to stockpile medicines and blood products ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the public should be reassured by government plans to stockpile medicines and blood products ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the public should be reassured rather than alarmed by government plans to stockpile medicines and blood products ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit.

With just over eight months left until Britain is due to leave the European Union, there is little clarity about how trade will flow as Mrs May, who is grappling with a rebellion in her Conservative party, is still trying to strike a deal with the bloc.

Responding to a question on Wednesday (July 25) in an interview with 5 News about whether the government was stockpiling medicines, Mrs May said: "Far from being worried about preparations that we're making, I would say that people should take reassurance and comfort."

"It's right that we say because we don't know what the outcome is going to be (from Brexit negotiations), we think it's going to be a good one. We're working for a good one, but let's prepare for every eventuality."

Brexit campaigners say increased government warnings over what a no-deal Brexit could look like, including preparations to stockpile goods, represent an attempt to scare people into backing Mrs May's plans.

On Tuesday, Brexit minister Dominic Raab said the government would ensure there were adequate food supplies in the event of a no-deal scenario.

He did not give details but said "it would be wrong to describe it as the government doing the stockpiling".