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Prime Minister is risking people's lives, says north MP

By Matt Leslie

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Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.
Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

North MP Jamie Stone has slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson as being "willing to risk people's lives" over medical supplies in a post-Brexit Britain.

A National Audit Office report has warned that it is not possible for anyone to know exactly what will happen at the border if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.

The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that around 7000 of the 12,300 medicines used in Britain come from or via the European Union.

The report goes on to say that the Government’s own "reasonable worst case" assumption is that the flow of goods across the Channel could be reduced by 40 to 60 per cent of current levels on day one of the no-deal Brexit era.

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.

"It is frankly appalling that Boris Johnson and his advisers 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."

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