UK business secretary makes plea for Brits not to stockpile food

Shoppers peruse near-empty toilet roll shelves at a  supermarket in the centre of York, northern England, on March 19, 2020. - Britain's supermarkets on Wednesday stepped up efforts to safeguard supplies, especially for vulnerable and elderly customers, as the sector battles stockpiling caused by coronavirus panic. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Panic buyers already hit the supermarkets over the weekend amid fears of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) without a deal. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

Alok Sharma, the British business secretary, warned Brits on Monday not to stockpile food, saying he was confident supply chains would hold up in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“I’m very confident that actually the supply chains will still be in place,” he told Sky News. “I would say to everyone – do your normal shopping as you would do and I think we’ll find we’re going to be absolutely fine.”