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One in Six Britons Considers Stockpiling Food and Medicine for Brexit

  • Sales of cupboard food and jarred vegetables jumped this year
  • 4% of consumers already storing emergency provisions: Kantar
Pro-Brexit demonstrators hold "No Deal? No Problem!" placards near the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 15, 2019.
Pro-Brexit demonstrators hold "No Deal? No Problem!" placards near the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 15, 2019.Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

One out of every six Britons has begun or is likely to start stockpiling food and medicine as worries grow that the U.K. will leave the European Union in March without a deal, a survey shows.

Consumers are taking matters into their own hands as they prepare for a parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, which appears headed for defeat. While the government puts aside more than 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) of funding for Brexit planning, and supermarkets and businesses stockpile goods, many households fear the effects of a chaotic EU exit.