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Bases stockpiling provisions in case of a no deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks with troops at RAF Akrotiri on a visit in 2017

The British bases in Cyprus in addition to those in Gibraltar and the Falkland islands have stockpiled food, fuel and weapons to help face possible shortages in case of a chaotic Brexit.

According to Sky News similar measures are also being taken by military bases on British soil.

It reported that the aim of the stockpiling is to secure the supply of essentials for the armed forces in case their import becomes more difficult in the event of a no deal.

According to Sky News, the armed forces have spent around £23 million on ‘advance purchases’ of supplies.

In a statement, the defence ministry said it is customary to draw up contingency plans. “It is absolutely right for the government to ensure that we are prepared and with sufficient resources for a series of scenarios when we leave the EU,” the announcement added.

Last week, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said that in the event the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, an interim solution would be applied for the British bases (SBA) on the island.

He said that the issue was one, among others, chosen by the EU for interim solutions to be applied in case of a hard Brexit.

He said Cyprus was in constant contact with Brussels, and depending on the results of the talks between the EU and the UK, “we are ready to manage the situation”.

He said that Cyprus favours a Brexit with an agreement, however the EU and all the member states were getting ready for a hard Brexit.

“The issue of the SBA was within the terms of reference of the deal with Britain,” said Christodoulides.

“That the negotiations were between the EU, including the Republic of Cyprus, and the British side and we ended up in this text, which has been agreed. In case there is no withdrawal agreement this text will not have any effect.”

Asked if there should be a bilateral dialogue between Cyprus and the UK, Christodoulides said: “If there is no withdrawal agreement, the EU and Britain would adopt a temporary arrangement… it would not be final settlement… until there is an agreement.”

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