London, July 30:
The UK government has drawn up plans to draft the Army to deliver essential food and medical supplies in case of shortages triggered by a no-deal Brexit, according to a media report.
Blueprints for the UK armed forces to assist civilian authorities, drafted for use in civil emergencies, are set to be dusted down as part of “no-deal” planning in the event of Britain and the European Union (EU) failing to reach an agreement over its future relationship in ongoing negotiations, ‘The Sunday Times’ reported.
Helicopters and army trucks would be used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people, who may struggle to obtain the medicines they needed.
A minister told the newspaper that the military would be called in if blockages at ports led to shortages of food, fuel and medicines, warning, “there is a lot of civil contingency planning around the prospect of no deal. That’s not frightening the horses, that’s just being utterly realistic”.