Britain is doubling spending on preparations for a no-deal Brexit this year as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sets his sights on leaving the European Union with or without a divorce deal at the end of October.
Johnson’s finance minister Sajid Javid has set aside an extra 2.1 billion pounds of new spending to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns in British history.
The spending announced this week means the government has in total allocated 6.3 billion pounds ($7.6 billion) to prepare for a no-deal exit.
The BBC reports:
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell described the plans as “an appalling waste of taxpayers’ cash”. Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman Chuka Umunna said the money was a “drop in the ocean.”
“They promised us an extra £350m each week for the NHS, now they are making more money available just to ensure access to medicine.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously said he is willing to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October – whether a Brexit deal has been agreed or not.
As I previously reported, numerous Facebook groups have sprung up for British consumers to trade tips on hoarding items that may become scarce post-Brexit.