GOOD NEWS: the government is finally prepared for Brexit. BAD NEWS: start stockpiling spam.

Soldiers with a helicopter in the background
John Shafthauer

On 24 July, the Brexit minister Dominic Raab assured voters that the government is working to make sure there’s “adequate food” in the event of a no-deal exit. This wasn’t all that reassuring, but it was less troubling than the news on 29 July. Namely, that the army is “on standby to deliver food and medicine” if no deal is reached.

People reacted to the news as people generally react to Brexit news now – with a mixture of gallows humour and dread.

No deal means no food

The Sunday Times is reporting [paywall] that plans have been drawn up by ministers for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Said plans would see the army combating potential shortages by delivering medicines, food, and fuel. The Times writes [paywall]:

Helicopters and army trucks would be used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people outside the southeast who were struggling to obtain the medicines they needed.

In today’s Business section, it is revealed that supermarkets are warning their suppliers to stockpile supplies such as tea and coffee.

The NHS would go on a year-round “winter crisis footing”, with drugs bought from outside the EU and stockpiled in hospitals.

The article also notes that Brexiteers are likely to respond by accusing the government of “scaremongering”.

Keep calm and WTF?

People were quick to point out this wasn’t the Brexit they voted for. Or was it? It’s difficult to tell when the only two options were ‘leave’ or ‘remain’:

The full-scale concern may not even have been revealed. This is really saying something, considering how bad things already look:

Crying wolf

Some were unable to believe this could be happening. Probably because Brexit negotiations have been going so well up until now:

The Daily Mail ran into some issues when reporting on the issue. Many people replying to its tweet didn’t seem to believe it. Possibly because the Mail has previously told its readers that any criticism of Brexit is ‘Project Fear’:

Here’s a selection of the responses:

Many voters still refuse to believe Brexit could have any negative effects. This is best shown by Leave.EU using the news as an opportunity to ask for financial support:


Some people have speculated how Brexiteers manage to remain optimistic:

If there’s one positive to all this, it’s that the government has finally planned for our future outside the European Union. If there’s a negative, it’s that said future is basically the Blitz.

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