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Stone: Risk to health supplies makes case for People’s Vote

September 27, 2019 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

A National Audit Office Report published today (27th February) has warned "There is no way of knowing exactly what may happen at the UK/EU border when the UK leaves the EU" as it warned of serious disruptions to the supply of medicine.

The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that around 7,000 of the 12,300 medicines used in the UK come from or via the EU.

The Government's own "reasonable worst case" assumption is that the flow of goods across the Channel could be reduced to 40-60% of current levels on day one.

Commenting Mr Stone said:

"This report reveals just how damaging a no-deal Brexit would be for those who rely on regular medication coming from the EU.

"The vast majority of medicines in the UK rely on easy transportation across borders, something a no-deal Brexit would disrupt. The NAO confirm what the released Operation Yellowhammer papers have already shown - that the Tory Government is desperately under-prepared and will be risking people's access to vital medicines if they continue to refuse to take no-deal off the table.

"It is frankly appalling that Boris Johnson and his advisors are willing to risk people's lives and livelihoods and are expecting the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for their rash decisions.

"More than ever we need to go back to the people for the final say on the Brexit shambles. It is time for a People's Vote with the option to stay in the EU."