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U.K. Tells Supermarkets to Maximize Stockpiles Before Brexit

  • Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison in talks with suppliers
  • Government sees up to six months of no-deal Brexit disruption
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U.K. Warns Supermarkets to Stockpile
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Theresa May’s government has told supermarkets to keep as much stock as possible in warehouses around the country in case the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a Brexit deal, officials said.

The request is being made by ministers because in the worst-case scenario, a no-deal Brexit would cut the capacity of the country’s main EU trading route from the French port of Calais to Dover in southeast England to just 13 percent of the current level due to additional border checks. Six government and industry officials with knowledge of the matter spoke to Bloomberg on condition of anonymity because the contingency plans aren’t public.