Brexit seems to have become a looming “sword of Damocles” on the people of Britain with some of them stocking up on food products. Department of Exiting European Union’s spokesperson has said that people need not worry availability of basic necessities as government is preparing for all eventualities so there is no need to indulge in such activities. As the nation’s food supplies are secure due to diverse range of sources that include both domestic production and imports from other countries. This situation will exist whether UK leaves the European Union with or without a deal in place.
Acting up on these rumors British Retail Consortium asked large supermarkets if they have seen any evidence of people buying large stocks of food items along with Aldi and Lidl but they have not responded. But research done by food charity IGD around 2 percent of shoppers in a survey group of 1700 people responded that they had started to stockpile food due to Brexit worries. Last month New York Times had published a lengthy article on its front page titled “British hoarders preparing for Brexit” outlining how several households were starting stocking essential food items.
There is a group on Facebook called 48% Preppers which have been named after the percentage of people that voted to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum voting. The group has suggested its 1600 members to start stockpiling daily use items. There is a 16 page leaflet which is being circulated among members called “getting ready together” that advises people to keep non-perishable items that can be ready for consumption within a few minutes and require little amount of water. People have been asked to stock, potatoes, eggs, carrots, crackers, cheese, grains, milk powder, tinned fish, soup, grains, tea, coffee and instant mash. The group insists that this is necessary as Britain is reliant on several food imports as half their demand for fresh fruits and vegetables is imported from Europe.