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TOI­LET pa­per sup­plies could run out if there are long-term bor­der de­lays or panic buy­ing un­der a No Deal Brexit, a man­u­fac­turer has sug­gested.

Es­sity, which makes the Vel­vet and Cushelle brands, said it was de­vel­op­ing ‘ro­bust con­tin­gency plans’, but warned that stocks were ‘not un­lim­ited’.

The com­pany man­u­fac­tures tis­sue in the UK and said it had built stocks of raw ma­te­ri­als and spare parts to en­sure sup­ply in the event of short-term bor­der de­lays.

It is also hold­ing stocks of fin­ished prod­ucts that are im­ported or ex­ported be­tween the UK and EU.

A spokesman said: ‘Some [stocks] will not with­stand long-term bor­der de­lays out­lined by the Govern­ment or in the event of con­sumer panic buy­ing.’ The com­pany’s com­ments came af­ter Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Ed­wards used a writ­ten ques­tion in Par­lia­ment to ask min­is­ters for de­tails on how long stocks of toi­let pa­per will last in a No Deal sce­nario.

Cab­i­net Of­fice min­is­ter Si­mon Hart said the Govern­ment is work­ing to en­sure the ‘best pos­si­ble prepa­ra­tion’ to sup­port the flow of goods.

Mr Ed­wards last night added: ‘This is the far­ci­cal level we have de­scended to – the British Govern­ment can no longer even guar­an­tee we have the nec­es­sary sup­plies of toi­let pa­per in a crash-out Brexit.’

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