A call centre worker has splashed thousands on stockpiling food, medical supplies and camping gear as he believes the UK will fall into ‘riots and disorder’ after Brexit.
Mark McLean has already spent more than £2,000 hoarding the items, which also include army rations and camping gear, ahead of the March crunch date in Britain’s EU exit process.
The 33-year-old customer services manager thinks riots and public panic ‘is a guarantee’ but plans to flee his Glasgow city centre flat to live off the land in the remote Scottish Highlands.
Mark McLean, 33, from Glasgow, has collected food, rations packs and a first aid kit in preparation for Brexit as he believes ‘riots and public disorder is a guarantee come March’
Mr McLean has trained himself to hunt squirrels and collect rainwater to drink. He’s even made plans to build an underground bunker and tunnel system as he sees a Russian invasion post-Brexit as likely.
The ‘prophecy prepper’ has spent the last six months practising for the doomsday scenario and has all of the camping gear required – even an Axe.
But while he plans to help protect his immediate family, his warning to any ex-partners who may need his help is: ‘good luck to them’.
Mr McLean said: ‘Riots and public disorder is a guarantee with Brexit come March. It won’t be pretty for sometime I believe.
‘The last period of riots saw the people focus on big businesses and government. This will still be the case. But the division in the Brexit argument might not see all the people join as one voice. This will make it all the [worse].
‘When people in this country start to realise what is happening it will be too late.
‘It is due to the amount of confusion surrounding Brexit, the government has never been so unclear, this uncertainty isn’t good for anyone.
‘If food supplies and medical supplies are disrupted for longer than a week, that is when we will see it really kick off. You should never go against law and order, but how else would we get them [Government] to listen?’
Mr McLean, pictured with a gun, has spent the last six months practising for the doomsday scenario and has all of the camping gear required to survive in the remote Highlands
The call centre worker’s camping haul, pictured, includes tents, sleeping bags, tarps, a bushcraft knife and axe, a head torch, rucksack, clothing and winter clothing
His stockpiling has seen Mr McLean amass two weeks’ worth of tinned and frozen food along with a first aid kit including plasters, bandages, sterile wipes and basic medications.
A pal has given him British Army ration packs, which include meals, snacks as well as tea bags, electrolytes and water proof matches.
His camping haul includes tents, sleeping bags, tarps, a bushcraft knife and axe, a head torch, rucksack, clothing and winter clothing.
Mr McLean estimates he has spent more than £2,000 and that’s not including his cameras and accessories for YouTube filming, which he still plans to do through the rioting.
Now he hopes to add to his stash during the January sales.
He said: ‘I don’t have any budget. If I feel I need something or I like the look of something and its purposes, then I will buy it or plan to buy it.
‘Once my rations have gone and it starts getting serious I will hunt or fish for my food.
‘Living off the land in the UK I would be hunting and eating rabbit, squirrel, deer, fishing. There are wild berries too. Less appealing sources would be tree roots and plants.
Mr McLean, pictured, said he’ll head to the mountains to get away from riots as its far away from military bases which could be ‘targets of an invading army such as Russia’
‘If I head to the mountains in Scotland it will be far north west. I have been camping up that way and it is very remote. Away from riots and division of the people which will be in the cities.
‘Also, its furthest away from military bases as far as I am aware. These will be targets of an invading army such as Russia.
‘The more remote and isolated, the better chance to avoid getting hurt or killed. As long as I know how to live of the land I will wait it out.’
While Mr McLean is single and has no children, he does plan to use his survival skills to help his parents, brother and other family members including nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.
However his plans for a deep bunker, dug using heavy machinery, will have to be put on hold – as Mr McLean currently lives in a city centre flat.
He said: ‘I currently live in a flat which is too small. To build a bunker requires a lot of planning and work. My current life situation would not permit this.’
Mr McLean is not alone in his beliefs. Fellow prepper Andrew. J. Rawson has even written a book entitled ‘ Brexit: How to Survive the Food Shortage’.
Andrew Rawson is another prepper who is stockpiling food, left his storeroom, and even hides tins, right, underneath cupboards. He said: ‘Prepping is a secretive thing, maintaining security of one’s supplies is a key principle’
His in-depth guide tells readers where to start, what to buy, how to store supplies, prepping for babies and young children and even chapter on prepping for your pets.
But most importantly to Mr Rawson and his three children is ‘maintaining good morale in difficult circumstances’.
Mr Rawson lives in a rural part of England but refuses to divulge exactly where and said: ‘You are likely to find prepping is a secretive thing, maintaining security of one’s supplies is a key principle.
‘Food is already getting noticeably more expensive in the last few months. There will be shortages and big price hikes. At least we can stockpile food.’
However Mr McLean doesn’t view the supposedly on-coming breakdown of society as necessarily an all-bad thing.
He said: ‘If there’s any shortages of food at the shops, we’ll have to go back to a humble way of life.
‘We already waste too much. You only have to look at Christmas and how much we waste or throw away. People will have to get thriftier. We need to start saving more.
‘It will be the close-knit communities outside the cities that will come together more easily and help support each other post Brexit.’