PUBLISHED: 08:43, Fri, Sep 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:48, Fri, Sep 4, 2020
Grant Shapps rejected claims suggesting UK borders could descend into chaos at the end of the Brexit transition period because of lack of preparations. Logistic businesses and hauliers have warned of "major disruption" should the Government fail to put in place the necessary measures to process customs declarations and entries from January. But speaking to the BBC Today programme, the Transport Secretary insisted the past six months showed the UK would be able to cope with added pressure while still maintaining a smooth-running supply chain.
Mr Shapps said: "I have been in the job a year and I'm used to, through things like the previous Brexit deadlines and certainly through coronavirus, dealing with a large number of cataclysmic cases put to me.
"You will have noticed that through these last, very difficult six months where supply chains have been under record, enormous pressure, not once have we ended up running out of medicines.
"And though there was a run on toilet rolls and pasta and the like, there were never actually shortages.
"We've kept the supply chains going and I'm absolutely confident we'll keep doing that in the future going forward."
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