By Adam Taylor, Washington Post, September 11, 2018
LONDON–Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union
next year, but it still hasn’t reached a deal on how exactly this could happen.
If it leaves Europe without a deal, some experts have warned that there may be
chaos at the borders and a shortage of key goods.
On Tuesday, the owner of the beloved confectionary brand
Cadbury announced that the company has a plan to deal with the threat of this
dreaded “no-deal” Brexit: a chocolate stockpile.
Hugh Weber, the president of Mondelez Europe, told the Times
of London newspaper that while they hope British Prime Minister Theresa May can
reach an agreement to allow the free flow of goods with Europe, they had a
contingency plan in case no deal is reached before the March 29 deadline.
The company was “preparing for a hard Brexit and, from a
buffering perspective for Mondelez, we are stocking higher levels of
ingredients and finished products, although you can only do so much because of
the shelf life of our products,” Weber was quoted as saying.
Weber added, however, that “the UK is not self-sufficient in
terms of food ingredients, so that could be a challenge.”
Following the vote to leave the E.U. in 2016, the British
government has consistently dismissed the possibility of a no-deal Brexit that
would see the country revert to World Trade Organization rules on its borders.
However, the British press has warned of a “doomsday scenario” that could
result in chaos at ports and land crossings, with days-long traffic jams and
other delays having a dramatic effect on trade.
With the deadline fast approaching and the government facing
rifts over how to approach negotiations with Brussels, these warnings have
become more urgent. Last month, it issued its first “technical notices” on how
British citizens and businesses should prepare for the worst scenarios.