Help: What shall I stockpile in case of potential Brexit?

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

Supersleuth :  I don’t be marching. Members of my family are. Are you hoping for another referendum on leaving the EU? I know this is not the basis for the march.

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Nothing, the stockpiling stories shown in the media are extremely dangerous, it is complete hysteria and no offence but anyone filling their cupboards with kilos of pasta and long life milk are insane.

Frankly I do not believe a no deal brexit will happen, there is not enough support for it in parliament, even many foaming at the mouth Brexiters are against a no deal scenario. The worse that will happen is we will have a grace period while they figure out what the hell is happening, the downside of that being WE WILL NEVER HEAR THE END OF BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS. 

I am completely against brexit but the UK will not starve when if/we do leave the EU. 

Luckily I live in London and I don’t think it will suffer too much, however I am northern Irish and I do think they will be completely F’d in the event of a bad deal so that concerns me.

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

I too voted remain . I won’t be stocking up on anything. Maybe wine to get me through the Brexit shitstorm. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

marriedbliss :  it didn’t have enough in the 1950s due to post war rationing, so the focus moved to production. Since then farming has radically changed and yeh I agree at the moment there probably isn’t enough food for the whole population but I guess have enough faith that our government aren’t completely f*cking useless. Not much mind you. Despite the famine in the world, there is actually enough food globally to feed the population but it isn’t distributed evenly. Now fully acknowledging privellege here but we’re not a developing country and there should be the opportunity to import food from outside the EU. It’s going to cost the earth, food bills are going to skyrocket (but to be perfectly honest, food is too cheap as it is) and I know some has to come through Dover but there are also ways around importing through the EU. Again, acknowledging my privellege, but the cost hike is unlikely to send me to the food bank, at least hopefully. My hope is that I’ll be able to buy a few items during the shop to support the already overstretched food bank but we’ll have to see how that goes.

The lack of food isn’t necessarily due to lack of space but more focus on production of cereals and rape. Short term is going to be rough, long term it should *hopefully* encourage a more sustainable industry. My fear is that the government do what they did in 1950s and panic about the lack food and encourage food production at the expense of all else. The environment has already suffered enough after that decision last time, is still trying to recover 70 years later. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

I’m stock piling medications and food*. Not because I think we’re going to starve or because I think there will be no food left on the shelves but because I would like to get through the first six weeks or so of a no-deal brexit without paying the extortionate knee jerk prices that supermarkets will try to get away with. 

And if the great lettuce shortage of 2015 showed anything, it’s that if there is a shortage, my area of the country gets restocked last!

 

The whole thing is such an embarrassment

 

*buying double of the dried goods I normally buy and making sure my pantry is full of tins and my freezer fully stocked. I’m not going crackers

Post # 21
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Honey bee
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Supersleuth :  I’d be buying a shitload of non perishables like dry legumes, tins of tomatoes, olive oil, pasta, rice, flour, tinned tuna, sardines etc If you have a garden start buying seeds for vegetables and fruit and  be ready to be a little self sustainable  You don’t know what is going to happen temporarily but I’d be ready for the cost of living to go up and for food prices to spike whilst your income stays the same.

Having dry basics and a vege patch will help keep your food costs down if everything does spike. 

Post # 22
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Newbee

I’m probs gonna have to stockpile my metformin… awwh fiddlesticks…

I know my household recently got an allotment, which will probably be extremely useful in the months to come.

Heres hoping us people in the UK can manage, no matter what happens x.x too much is going on already x.x

Post # 23
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Busy bee

 So I did a quick read on Brexit and to my understanding, if there is no trade agreement, then the borders are shut down, all imports and flights are blocked and grounded????

I am so sorry you all are going through this! That’s crazy!!!! US bee here and can’t even imagine.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Twizbe :  the whole Y2K thing didn’t happen because lots of smart people worked very hard to prevent the predicted problems. I think it’s safe to say that’s … not happening with Brexit.

I find it fascinating that people use as Y2K as an example of an overhyped crisis when it really just demonstrates the value of ‘experts’.

 

 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

loz24 :  hmm even in your argument that we can import from areas other than the EU you acknowledge that this is going to cost us environmentally and financially. This isn’t a reason to decide that hey, let’s just get on with that then! The problem is a lot of people who voted remain have given up and don’t care anymore, when there’s still time for the government to come to their senses. The powerful business owners are counting on people’s sense of intertia to push their hard Brexit through so they can benefit from living in a tax haven. There seem to be no benefits to brexit for the rest of us. Unless you can think of any?! Also, you seem to have more faith in the govt than me. Judging from the various leaked documents, no one has any idea what’s going on.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

sweetdee89 :  Do you just mean imports? Travel in general shouldn’t be impacted. We have a few visits to EU countries this year and from what I understand we just won’t be able to use the fast track lanes/scanners. Within the Schengen area we may have to have 6 months left on passports and there will be a 90 day maximum stay.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

EllyAnne :  I think? I’m not too versed in it so not sure if I’m understanding it correctly.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
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marriedbliss :  of course it’s going to cost financially and environmentally! My let’s get on with it then isn’t stemming from a place of giving up. Rather, I feel like leaving has to happen for democracy. The margin was ridiculous but like it or not, that was the choice that was made through a vote of the public. To not leave, to do what is currently happening again and again and again in our current political system of “I don’t like that, let’s bad mouth some people then have another vote” is a mockery of democracy. I am 100% ashamed to call our current political system a democracy. Actually I’m just ashamed of our current political system. It still looks democracy because we’re having goddamn votes every 6 months but let’s be honest, nobody is taking those votes seriously because we just have another vote until we get an answer that suits us. But as a country we’re so divided – there will always be another vote. Another “let’s disregard the other sides voice”.

The people of the UK have been completely and utterly failed by their government. The people we elected to look after our best interests. This isn’t something that happened just with the referendum, it’s been happening for a while. It led to protest voting of UKIP and instead of paying attention to those protest votes when they were still a minority, MPs continued to focus on their political careers more than actual change. UKIP gained popularity resulting in a knee jerk reaction and calling a referendum. Instead of the referendum actually waking politicians up to the damage they were doing – instead it turned into a slanging match, calling into question the qualities of the opposing sides personalities, making outlandish claims on both sides and preying on the fear of the British public to create a lot of tension and a decision which let nobody happy. Both sides fabricated figures. Both sides failed to actually highlight the issues of leaving the EU. Both sides failed. Which is why there isn’t a single person happy with the current situation. Our government failed us in something massive that impacts for generations. They keep failing us by bitching and moaning and not actually doing a sodding thing to sort this mess out. Because yay for second votes and pissing away precious negotiation time by slagging everyone off. 

This is why I want to get on with it. I want to leave so that people can stop scaremongering and we can see how bad it is. But then actually start to build on that. At the minute we can’t do anything because nobody can agree how bad it will be, just that it will be bad. Nobody is making concessions because of the uncertainty, we’re just panicking. It’s going to be shit. Our government is going to balls this up even more than they have done. But the longer we drag our feet with nobody willing to make a decision for fear it ruin their political career, the worse off we’ll be long term. 

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