Man spends more than £600 stockpiling for no-deal Brexit

PUBLISHED: 17:15 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:21 19 March 2019

Stockpiling in Worcestershire. A man spent more than £600 on his groceries this month. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire

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Stockpiling in Worcestershire. A man spent more than £600 on his groceries this month. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire .

A man has spent more than £600 on a shop in preparation for a no-deal Brexit - buying more than 144 rolls of toilet paper and 50 tins of food.

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Juliet East took to Twitter to share a picture of the supermarket haul, which was conducted by her husband Tony Smollett, and totalled £658.29.

East, who works in the hospitality industry, said she did not tell him how much to buy for the family of five and “couldn’t believe” the amount he ordered.

“I didn’t think he was going to buy so much,” she said.

“He just went mad and bought lots of everything. He was laughing at the situation and said he doesn’t want anyone online to think he’s mad.”

Stockpiling in Worcestershire. A man spent more than £600 on his groceries this month. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire

.Stockpiling in Worcestershire. A man spent more than £600 on his groceries this month. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire .

East, from Worcestershire, said she decided to stockpile certain items when they began planning for a no-deal scenario at her work.

She told the Press Association: “It’s becoming increasingly apparent that no-one knows what is going on.

“Many of our favourite foods come in from overseas and we don’t want to run out of things if there’s a shortage of certain items.

“It’s the same way people fill their cars with petrol when there’s a shortage.”

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit has increased after the House of Commons speaker John Bercow ruled the government could not bring Theresa May’s deal back for a third “meaningful vote” unless there were substantial changes.

The tweet, in which East said she was “gently mocking” her 58-year-old husband, an IT director, attracted hundreds of comments and likes online.

She added the reaction on Twitter was not always positive, with other users giving her a “hard time” about the cost of the food and suggesting she was causing a sense of panic.

MORE: One in 10 shoppers claim to have started stockpiling for a no-deal Brexit

The Tesco invoice for a no-deal Brexit stockpiling. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire.The Tesco invoice for a no-deal Brexit stockpiling. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire.

“We’re a family of five, we have big shopping lists,” she said.

“I’m the last person to try to create a panic. We’re just keeping all of the bases covered.”

The Tesco invoice for a no-deal Brexit stockpiling. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire.The Tesco invoice for a no-deal Brexit stockpiling. Photograph: Juliet East/PA Wire.

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