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UK strikes ferry deals to ensure supply of medicines after Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it had signed deals worth 86.6 million pounds ($109.50 million) with shipping firms to ensure the supply of vital medicines in the event of border chaos after the country leaves the European Union.

Illustration photo shows various medicine pills in their original packaging in Brussels, Belgium August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Illustration

The country’s transport ministry said the six-month contracts meant that Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena Line would be ready to deliver capacity equivalent to thousands of lorries each week from the Oct. 31 deadline for Brexit.

The firms would operate on routes which are less likely to face border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to strike a transition deal with the EU but he has also pledged to take the country out of the bloc without one if needed.

In February, the government scr

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