Theresa May today revealed her own insulin supply from Denmark could be disrupted if there is a no deal Brexit.
The Prime Minister, who has Type 1 diabetes, also admitted her blood sugar levels go up when stressed as she faces a Tory coup over her controversial divorce deal with Brussels.
Mrs May today said she faces a personal risk from medicine supplies being unable to get through Britain’s ports after March 29 next year if her agreement with the EU is thrown out by MPs.
But Mrs May denied people would die if Britain left the EU with no deal after a disabled caller to LBC said she was worried about getting treatment.
Theresa May today revealed the insulin to treat her Type 1 diabetes comes from Denmark as she was asked about what a no deal Brexit would mean for UK healthcare
Mrs May, pictured returning to Downing Street after the phone in, is fighting for her deal and her political life
The PM said: ‘This is an issue that I feel personally – as it happens my insulin is produced by a company in the EU, Denmark, so I know this is an issue that’s a matter of importance to people.
‘The Department of Health is ensuring it is making all the steps if we go to no-deal… But I believe we’ve got a good deal.’
This map shows where Britain’s annual £25bn of drugs are imported from in Europe. A further 6.4% comes from the US, 1.3% from India and 0.8% from China
When asked about how stress impacts on her diabetes she said ‘Well if you’re stressed if there’s a lot of adrenaline it will tend to go up but you manage that with the amount of insulin you’re putting in’.
When asked whether Health Secretary Matt Hancock was unable to guarantee people would not die in the event of a no-deal Brexit due to problems accessing medicine, she said: ‘I’m not sure that’s exactly what Matt did say’.
Denmark is the world’s largest insulin producer with its main company Novo Nordisk selling £50billion worth to 75 countries worldwide every year.
Theresa May, who wears an arm patch to measure her blood sugar levels, and admits they go up at times of stressup because of t
They are said to have built up a four month stockpile in the UK in case of the UK.
Theresa May used the LBC show with Nick Ferrari to lay down the gauntlet to Tory Eurosceptics over her Brexit deal today – warning that she is a ‘bloody difficult woman’.
The Prime Minister took a defiant stance despite fears that Michael Gove could become the latest minister to quit and join a massive revolt by Brexiteer MPs.
Mrs May said she had a ‘good conversation’ with Mr Gove this morning – but refused to be drawn on whether he had turned down a move to become the new Brexit Secretary.
In a phone in on LBC Radio, Mrs May admitted she had ‘concerns’ about the Irish border ‘backstop’ – but insisted the overall package was the best thing for the UK.
Theresa May first faced a call to stand down as from a Conservative councillor as she took calls on a LBC radio phone-in.
The man, who identified himself as Daniel from Louth, said he ‘commended’ the PM for trying to strike a Brexit deal with the EU but ‘sadly that has not worked’.
And he asked her: ‘Please Prime Minister, tell me why do you think you should stay on as PM when you have failed – despite your no doubt honourable intentions – to (deliver on) the referendum result?’.
Declaring she is a ‘bloody difficult woman’ she also rejected a suggestion that she was a modern-day Neville Chamberlain, the British leader mocked for claiming he had secured peace with Germany’s Adolf Hitler a year before World War Two broke out.
Some lawmakers in May’s Conservative Party argue that her draft divorce deal with the European Union is a capitulation to the bloc which will leave Britain subject to its rules indefinitely after the country leaves in March 2019.
Asked whether she was a modern-day Chamberlain, May told LBC radio: ‘No I don’t and the reason is this: we are not going to be locked in forever to something that we don’t want.’