Responding to reports that No Deal Brexit stockpiles “significantly reduced and/or used up entirely” by Covid pandemic, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“These reports show the recklessness of the government’s approach to Brexit negotiations and protecting our economy and NHS.
“The stockpiles created to protect against the risk of a no deal Brexit have now been used up, and building them back up to safe levels by the end of the year is going to be very difficult.
“So by pushing the UK into a no deal Brexit the Conservatives could be putting more lives and more jobs at risk.
“The calls to extend the transition period have come from people who voted leave and remain a like. The government must put national interest ahead of Brexit ideology and extend the transition period.”