UK po­lice tell re­tail­ers to mull ex­tra se­cu­rity ahead of Brexit

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON, Jan 12 (AFP) - Bri­tish po­lice said they are ad­vis­ing re­tail­ers to con­sider ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures in case of panic-buy­ing as the dead­line for Brexit ap­proaches with­out a di­vorce deal in place.

Lon­don's Metropoli­tan Po­lice re­vealed it was is­su­ing the ad­vice in case uncer­tainty around Bri­tain's de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union led to a surge in peo­ple try­ing to stock­pile goods.

“We are sug­gest­ing to re­tail­ers that they may wish to con­sider plan­ning for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity in the event that con­cerns about short­ages of goods leads to a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in cus­tomers,” it said in a state­ment.

The mes­sage was also a bid to min­imise the de­mands on polic­ing that large crowds and queues might cause, the po­lice added.

Bri­tain is due to leave the EU on March 29.

A with­drawal agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated with the bloc by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May looks set to be re­jected by MPs in par­lia­ment next Tues­day amid fierce op­po­si­tion from both Brex­i­teers and Re­main­ers.

May has in­sisted that could lead to leav­ing with­out a deal, a sce­nario that some have warned could cause chaos across Bri­tain and grid­lock ports.

Re­tail­ers ap­peared to be re­act­ing cau­tiously to the po­lice ad­vice.

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