Fire service ready for any Brexit civil unrest
FIREFIGHTERS in the West Country have put in place measures to tackle potential civil unrest if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal.
Byron Standen, head of prevention and protection at Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, said although highly unlikely, emergency services had response plans in place should issues surrounding food and medicine supplies materialise.
He said there was a risk that public unrest could follow if a deal was not agreed.
Councillors praised their efforts, which were revealed during a performance and scrutiny committee meeting held at Devizes training centre for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service on Thursday.
Mr Standen said: “We have been pre-planning for Brexit. If no deal is made we need to understand what that might mean for our resilience. There are a number of issues which could potentially arise if no deal is made.
“Issues with food supplies and med- icine may lead to civil unrest and we need to know what would be our plan. It may be a stretch and there isn’t a report per se, but it is a concern and we will have a better understanding if it is likely that there will be no deal in January so we can react in an appropriate way, based on these planned assumptions.”
Warminster, Copheap and Wylye councillor, Christopher Newbury, said: “I think planning for all eventualities is right and it is reassuring to hear of these being made.”
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab this week said Britain was expecting to conclude a Brexit deal with the EU within the next three weeks.
In a letter to MPs, he said an agreement could be finalised before November 21.
But soon after the letter was released, he was forced to admit there was “no set date for the negotiations to conclude”.