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A woman shops for food in the packed supermarket shelves. There are fears for Britain’s food supply in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

Supermarkets have started asking suppliers to begin planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Fears have been mounting the UK is set to crash out of the EU in March, with concerns for supplies of food and medicine.

German supermarket Aldi has now emailed suppliers saying it wanted to work with them ‘to help understand the potential implications’, according to The Sunday Times 

A spreadsheet was attached to the email showing a breakdown of ingredients and packaging materials, that are all sourced for the EU.

A supplier of coffee to Aldi, Giles Hurley, said he was thinking of storing six to eight weeks stock.

He said: ‘Most of the major retailers have been asking their suppliers how are planning for the implications of Brexit- and especially how we are planning to ensure we do not out of the goods we bring in from the EU.

‘They can easily sit back and say they have no plans or concerns because, as usual in this relationship, it will be the suppliers who make the plans.’

But one chairman of a big grocer said ‘we’re some way off no deal and tariffs being imposed and queues at Dover’.