Family stockpiles ‘essential food’ - including quinoa and baked beans - in case of no-deal Brexit
With a no-deal Brexit looking more likely by the day, one family has stockpiled a glut of ‘essential’ items – including tea bags and Marmite – that will last for months.
Concerned about Britain’s exit from the EU, Nevine Mann, 36, and her husband Richard, 37, said they have been buying extra food and medicine each time they go shopping.
They have stockpiled chickpeas, kidney beans, tuna, pasta, rice, couscous, chopped tomatoes, sterilised milk, tinned corn, beans, paracetamol and ibuprofen.
The family have bought piles of aspirin, Calpol, dried milk, honey, Marmite, porridge oats, raisins, bread, flour, yeast and coffee.
The clan also boasts supplies of tea, sugar, apple juice, orange juice, Ovaltine and hand soap.
They believe they have now amassed enough goods on their kitchen table to survive a no-deal Brexit for at least four months.
Their cupboards are already stocked with 52 tins of beans, 16 cans of tuna, large tubs of mayonnaise, eight cans of chopped tomatoes and four packets of passata.
There are also two large tubs of milk powder, several large bags of rice, pasta, tri colour quinoa and couscous.
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Since the Brexit negotiations began, Mrs Mann said they started buying more dried food and fruit as it would last longer, as well as extra pet food.
The expanded shopping list also includes seeds so she can grow her own food in her garden, and equipment to purify rainwater.
The Manns also have solar panels on the roof and a 290-gallon water tank as they fear power could also be in short supply once Britain exits the EU.
Mrs Mann said she was also stockpiling her own medication, as she takes anti-epilepsy and blood-thinning drugs.
And the couple, who live in Illogan, Cornwall, with their children Oliver, 18, Ethan, 13 and Paige, five, insisted it wasn’t about luxuries – but was a matter of survival.
Former midwife Mrs Mann said: ‘A little while ago we were aware that Brexit was in the offing, and it seemed like there would be issues with securing a deal.
‘The results of a no deal Brexit would be catastrophic in terms of getting supplies in the country, certainly in the short term.’
The Manns have been doing their shopping at their local Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Aldi stores.
Nevine, who homeschools the couple’s children, added: ‘We’re not going over the top, we’ve got enough to get us through the first couple of months if there is no deal.
‘We’re planting seeds in the garden and we’ve got extra to plant in spring.
‘No deal Brexit is looking more and more likely, we’re waiting to see if the new deal goes through or not.
‘If that doesn’t go through it will be no deal because there won’t be enough time to sort another one out.
‘It’s not about being able to live comfortably, it’s about being able to survive.’