UK military begins stockpiling for a 'no-deal' Brexit

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Published on 26 Jan 2019, 13:45
Britain has begun stockpiling food and other logistical items at military bases as part of contingency planning costing £23m. At least one military contract to supply goods is held by a company from an EU country, Sky News understands.

The source said it was not yet known how a 'no-deal' Brexit would affect the ability of that contractor to continue to deliver.

The operation for planning is called operation Redfold.

“An army marches on its stomach. If supply lines break down they struggle,” one source said.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The MoD routinely undertakes contingency planning, and it is absolutely right that the government ensures we are prepared and resourced for a range of scenarios when we leave the EU.

"We are working closely with industry partners, key suppliers and across government to ensure that essential defence tasks would not be affected by a 'no-deal' Brexit.

“As part of wider contingency planning, we have forward-purchased a limited range of general commodities to ensure we can continue to function in the event of any supply chain disruption.”

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