Should We Be Prepping For A No-Deal Brexit?

With a no-deal hard Brexit potentially on the horizon – should we be worried? Some are preparing for the worse case scenario by stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in case of a transportation and logistics breakdown. But should we be prepping for a no-deal Brexit? However you voted in the referendum, and whichever outcome you hope for, the fact of the matter is that there is little consensus about the effects of dropping out of the EU without a deal in place.

Some say that life will continue for most of us pretty much as it was before, while others warn of a crisis that could leave our supermarket shelves empty, and create confusion and chaos at Britain’s ports. Should we have cash on hand in case of a crisis with the banks? Should we fill our cupboards with essential, non-perishable food stuffs? Should we even consider what will happen with the national grid, and prepare our own self-sufficient energy systems with solar panels or the like?

The idea of prepping may conjure up images of gun-toting Americans in secure complexes in the deep south. But the fact of the matter is that many people that you might not expect are preparing for the worst right here in the UK. Well-regarded scientific, economic and political figures have come forward with dire warnings of various kinds, and farming leaders told the government that a ‘no deal’ would be ‘catastrophic’ for UK food supplies. Last week, The Times even revealed that plans are being considered to declare a state of emergency and introduce martial law in the event of ‘no deal’. This is no joke.

Rushing out and stockpiling the things you will need for the next year may be a little extreme. But shopping for the things you really need now could help you avoid issues should the direst predictions come true. The fact of the matter is that supermarkets and other stores operate on an on-demand basis, and supply chain disruption could quickly see a number of products disappearing from shelves – at least on a short term basis.

Exactly how much disruption will occur in the case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit remains to be seen. But many are getting ready – just in case.

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