UK readying plans for medical supplies in no-deal Brexit

UK readying plans for medical supplies in no-deal Brexit

FILE PHOTO:  A union flag is seen near the Houses of Parliament in London
FILE PHOTO: A union flag is seen near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON: Britain is working on plans to use aeroplanes and fast-track trucks to ensure the continued supply of medicines if it leaves the European Union without a deal in March.

"We are working on ensuring that we have aviation capacity," Health Minister Matt Hancock told BBC radio on Friday (Dec 7).

"If there is a serious disruption at the border we will have prioritisation and prioritisation will include medicines and medical devices."

He also said that Britain would have a stockpile of those drugs that can be stockpiled.

Asked if Prime Minister Theresa May should delay a key vote on Brexit which will take place in parliament on Tuesday, and which she looks set to lose, Hancock said: "No".

Reports have suggested that some ministers have urged May to delay the vote to try to avoid what could be a game-changing defeat.

Source: Reuters/aa

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