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SCHOOLS TOLD TO STOCKPILE FOOD FOR DINNERS IN CASE OF 'NO DEAL'.

WELSH schools were told to stockpile food for pupils' meals - in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Cardiff Council has confirmed it has advised kitchen managers at several schools to hold additional stock of tinned and dried goods as part of preparations should the UK leave the EU without a formal deal.

A meeting on the issue took place in the Welsh capital yesterday, with one councillor tweeting her frustrations during the discussions, as reported by WalesOnline.

Sarah Merry said:"We are seriously discussing stockpiling dried and tinned goods to maintain school meals."

Ms Merry, deputy lead of the council, added: "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."

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."

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

A majority of 149 MPs in Westminster rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's latest Brexit deal, leaving a no-deal 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 there is no need to stockpile food. But people in Wales have already described how they are stockpiling food amid food shortage fears.

Cllr 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."

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

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