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'Schools need to stockpile food for Brexit'.

Byline: MATT DISCOMBE Local Democracy Reporter

CARDIFF council has told schools to stockpile food for pupils' meals in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The council has confirmed it is advising kitchen managers at schools to hold additional stock of tinned and dried goods as part of its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Councillor Sarah Merry, deputy leader of the council, tweeted from a meeting yesterday, where she said: "We are seriously discussing stockpiling dried and tinned goods to maintain school meals".

She said: "Next it will be gas masks. Thank you May. Thank you Cameron. Thank you liars who sold Brexit. Thank you those who believed the lies."

The Government has said there is no need to stockpile food and school meals would be provided no matter what happens with Brexit.

A Cardiff council spokeswoman said: "As part of contingency plans to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, kitchen managers in schools have been advised to hold additional stock of tinned and dried goods."

A majority of 149 MPs in Westminster rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's latest Brexit deal, leaving a nodeal departure from the European Union the default position on March 29.

The Conservative leader in Cardiff council has said Councillor Merry's tweet was "alarmist" and said there is no need to stockpile food.

Councillor Adrian Robson said: "She needs to remember she is the cabinet member for education in Cardiff and she has a responsibility to parents whichever way she voted. The tweet is not helpful.

"There's a lot of politics behind this. Some of this is from the administration and is very much alarmist. Until we know what the situation is there's not a lot councils can do to plan. We need to take our lead from Westminster on this.

"I don't think stockpiling is necessary. The world is not going to end if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. If there's business and trade to be done we will be able to find a way to make that happen as smoothly as possible."

Councillor Huw Thomas, leader of Cardiff council's Labour administration, has previously called for a second referendum and described the Government's handling of Brexit as a "disaster".

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: "There is no need for anyone to stockpile food. Schools will continue to be able to provide pupils with nutritious school meals no matter the outcome of Brexit."


Councillor Sarah Merry

Cardiff council is telling schools to stockpile tinned and dried food as part of its no-deal Brexit plans CHRIS RADBURN

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 14, 2019
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