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UK ministers warn supermarkets to stockpile food on no-deal Brexit fears - Sunday Times

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People are seen at the fruit and vegetable aisle in Sainsbury's supermarket as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Fulham, London, Britain March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Dec 13 (Reuters) - British ministers have warned supermarkets to stockpile food amid possibilities of a no-deal Brexit, with shortages feared as talks with the European Union remain deadlocked, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to take control of planning if Britain opts for no deal and will chair an exit operations committee to prepare the response, the newspaper reported.

Ministers have told suppliers of medicines, medical devices and vaccines to stockpile six weeks' worth at secure locations in the United Kingdom, the report added.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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