Ministers vow to avoid 'additional friction' after MPs question supply of loo roll after no-deal Brexit

Written by Total Politics Staff on 8 October 2019 in Diary

MPs have questioned how long the UK's toilet roll suppy can last if Dover gets clogged up after Brexit.

With dozens of column inches dedicated to the possibility of medicine shortages after October 31, one Plaid Cymru MP has questioned the supply of an even more basic household good - toilet paper.

In a written question to the Cabinet Office, Jonathan Edwards queried how long the UK's supply might last if deliveries went down the pan after a no-deal Brexit.

But responding to the question, Cabinet minister Simon Hart swerved the opportunity to answer the question, instead saying the government would "prioritise the flow of goods" in a bid to "minimise additional friction".

"The Government would prefer to leave the EU on October 31 with a deal. If this is not possible we will have to leave with no-deal," Mr Hart wrote.

“In the event of no-deal the Government will prioritise the flow of goods at the border while continuing to take a risk-based approach to controls and checks on goods to minimise additional friction.

“Extensive engagement activity continues with businesses, traders, ports and other stakeholders."

He added: “The Government is also stepping up engagement with key member states such as France.

“We will continue to work to make sure we have the best possible preparation to support the flow of goods.”

But Mr Edwards said the potty response proved Brexit had reached "farcical levels".

“This is the farcical level we have descended to – the British Government can no longer even guarantee we have the necessary supplies of toilet paper in a crash-out Brexit," he told the Press Association.

“It’s already said it’s willing to flush the economy down the toilet, but now we won’t have the paper to clean up after.

“As much as this revelation lends itself to toilet humour, it shows the serious damage a no-deal Brexit would do, even to our most basic of supplies.”

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