Desperate Measures: How To Soften The Impact Of No-Deal Brexit
Building more cold chain warehouses, finding alternative sources of medicine supplies, and halting parallel exports to mitigate product shortages. Just some of the ideas for tackling the consequences of a no-deal Brexit scenario put forward by industry representatives at a recent parliamentary committee hearing.
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