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Have Military Bases Begun Stockpiling To Prepare For A No-Deal Brexit?

According to reports, Britain has apparently begun stockpiling food, fuel, spare parts and ammunition in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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Reports claim that Britain has started stockpiling supplies in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Food, fuel, spare parts and ammunition is being stored at British military bases in Gibraltar, Cyprus and the Falkland.

According to Sky News, military chiefs have spent at least £23 million on what is being described as "forward-purchased" material.

It is also said UK bases are also building up extra supplies to reduce the risk of the Armed Forces running short, should it become harder to import / export goods after 29 March.

Reports suggest that this is part of the Government's contingency plan, called Operation Yellowhammer.

Any interference with vital supplies reaching British bases overseas could affect a large number of serving personnel.

Sky News are also reporting that Marchwood port will be used by the military in Southampton could become an important gateway for supplies heading in an out of the country.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence has said:

“The Ministry of Defence 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.”

They also added: "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."