Mr Russell was accused of “scaring” people and encouraging stockpiling, which the president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said could lead to a shortage in the medical supply chain, which could put live at risk. Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, Professor Ash Soni dismissed Mr Russell’s claims that the UK could be be certain of the supply of drugs in a no-deal Brexit. Prof Soni said: “I think trying to scare the public is not a great thing to be doing at this moment in time.
“We need the public to be working with us in making sure that we have full access to medicines.
“What we don’t need is patients starting to stockpile because that itself will create a shortage in the market because if you think about the number of people that take certain medicines if you had, for the sake of argument, every diabetic keeping one extra box of medicines, that’s billions of extra boxes.
“That automatically, regardless, will have an issue on the supply chain not just because of the fact there is a shortage but actually of the shortage created because of panic created by politicians.”
When asked if the public should be concerned about a possible shortage of medical supplies after Brexit, Prof Soni said: “I don’t think they should at the moment” and added it was “quite early to be stockpiling for an additional six weeks” due to the the high volume of medicines used in the UK.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said the body was “confident” that the flow of drugs and medical products into the UK would be uninterrupted “if everyone does what they need to do”.
He said: “We are working with industry and other stakeholders to continue robust no-deal contingency planning for supply after 31 October.”
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10.45pm update: Johnson hopes Brexit will lead to increase in sales of British products to the US
Boris Johnson said he hopes the UK will be able to sell products to the US which it is restricted from doing so right now.
He said as soon as Brexit is delivered, the Government should strike a trade deal with Washington.
But he said it could not mean a lowering of food standards, and the Americans should match British standards instead.
10.29pm update: Boris Johnson rules out General Election before Brexit, says Britons are ‘fed up’
Boris Johnson has vowed not to call a General Election before Brexit is delivered and said the British public are “fed up” of being offered referendums.
In the final live TV debate before the new prime minister is announced, Mr Johnson took on rival Jeremy Hunt in tonight’s debate.
When asked if he would rue out a general election before the UK divorces from the EU, he replied: “Absolutely,” adding: “I think it would be the height of folly. I think the people of this country are utterly fed up with politicians coming back to them offering referendums or elections.”
7.39pm update: France fears London will be financial powerhouse post-Brexit
France’s top financial regulator is calling for the EU’s rigid structures to be reformed as Brexit day looms.
Robert Ophèle, chairman of the Financial Markets Regulator (AMF), is demanding a change to the restrictive EU rules as they leave little room for national authorities to adapt to changing environments.
In EU law making, the rules for the single market are set out by politicians in “Level 1” and are made workable by officials.
Once they are in Level 1 they are inflexible, leaving no wiggle room to meet new challenges, such as the UK’s departure from the bloc.
Mr Ophèle said: “As soon as you put something in Level 1, it’s very difficult to change anything.“
Even without Brexit, we should have (more flexibility)
“But with Brexit, it’s obvious that we should.”
5.22pm update: POLL: Theresa May overwhelmingly blamed for Brexit crisis
Theresa May has been blamed for the Brexit crisis blighting Parliament in the latest Express.co.uk poll.
When asked ‘Who is to blame for the Brexit mess?’ 61 percent of respondents said Mrs May, while 19 percent said her predecessor David Cameron.
A total of 15,271 readers took part in the survey between 5pm on July 13 and 11am on July 14.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker came in at third place, with five percent of people saying he was responsible.
4.11pm update: Johnson’s trade negotiations with US ‘would breach European laws’
International trade secretary Liam Fox has dismissed the notion that Boris Johnson could reach a trade agreement with Donald Trump before the UK has left the EU, saying it would be in violation of EU laws.
In an interview on BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Monday, Mr Fox said negotiating with a third party while still a member of the bloc would go against the UK’s treaty obligations.
He said: “We can’t negotiate anything with the US until after we have left the European Union.
“It would be in breach of European law for us to do that.”
3.21pm update: Boris Johnson will work to secure limited trade deal with US before ‘do or die’ Brexit
Boris Johnson would travel to Washington to thrash out a limited trade deal with Donald Trump before Brexit as early as two weeks after entering Number 10, his allies have suggested.
The bookies’ favourite to replace Theresa May would head across the pond seeking to patch things up with the Americans after leaked memos resulted in the UK’s ambassador to the US resigning.
According to The Times, Mr Johnson will look to secure a limited agreement in time for his “do or die” Brexit deadline of October 31.
An ally of the former London Mayor said: “The key to the whole thing is the US.
“If we get a trade deal with America we will be very quickly in the market for other deals.
“It encourages others to realise that we mean business.”
The US is at the front of the queue of nations lining up for a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain.
12.28pm update: Boris Johnson told to purge Remainers from Cabinet so it’s ‘100% committed to Brexit’
Boris Johnson has come under pressure to purge the Cabinet of pro-Brussels ministers to stop them thwarting his Brexit plans.
The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May was understood to have been told by several key supporters that only those prepared to allow the possibility of a no-deal divorce should be allowed to stay in the top team.
One MP backing Mr Johnson said: “Boris needs a team that is 100 per cent committed to his Brexit plan. He must not give jobs to Remainers who could end up undermining him.”
11.50am update: No deal Brexit could be decided by Supreme Court
If the next Tory leader tries to force through a no deal Brexit by suspending Parliament, the matter is likely to end up in the Supreme Court, a Tory MP has said.
Sir Oliver Letwin told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme such a matter would become a “legal question”.
He said: “If you have got a law saying that ministers have got to do things in Parliament on certain dates, then it is at least arguable that ministers cannot prorogue Parliament, thereby preventing themselves from obeying that law.”
He added: “I hope the government won’t even try.
“If it takes it into its head to do so at any stage…there will be a Supreme Court challenge.
“The existence of this law would make a (legal) challenge more likely to succeed.”
11.38am update: Jacob Rees-Mogg politicises Cricket World Cup victory
Jacob Rees-Mogg has politicised England’s World Cup victory by saying it showed “we clearly don’t need Europe to win”.
But the Brexiteer’s comment has come under criticism, as many cricketing fans have pointed out the team’s international make-up.
11.22am update: Italian sugar at risk with no deal Brexit
Italian sugar is in red alert as “more than four packs of sugar out of five already arrive from abroad”, warned Coldiretti, Italy’s main farmer’s organisation.
The organisation says the risk is further escalated by Brexit, as Italy is a net exporter of sugar in the UK.
Without a Brexit agreement, Italy’s sugar sector is set to face a worsening situation.
10.50am update: EU could be open to extending Brexit talks past October
Ursula von der Leyen, who is tipped to replace Jean-Claude Juncer as EU commission president, has said she is open to extending Brexit talks past October.
In a letter seen by The Independent, she said she would: “Support a further extension if good reasons are provided”.
But the German politician also insisted she would not renegotiate Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and said: “The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the United Kingdom is the best and only possible deal for an orderly withdrawal.”
10.15am update: Dozens of Tory MPs vow to block ‘tweaked’ Brexit deal
More than 40 Tory MPs have vowed to block a Brexit deal similar to Theresa May’s one, in a move that is hoped will urge the new Tory leader to ditch the withdrawal agreement altogether.
The news will come as a blow to frontrunner Boris Johnson, who hopes to tweak Mrs May’s current deal.
36 high-profile Brexiteers including Iain Duncan Smith, Steve Baker, Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis have already made the pledge, bringing the total to 43 Tory MPs.
Writing for The Sun, ex-cabinet minister John Whittingdale said: “Having been defeated three times in Parliament, including the biggest defeat any government in our history has ever suffered, it must now be abandoned and we must start again.
“With Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, we would at last have a leader who believes that the people made the right decision when they voted to leave the EU in 2016, and we will be out, deal or no deal, by 31 October.
“It’s time to start listening to voters rather than sticking two fingers up at them.”
9.52am update: No deal Brexit would be a ‘democratic outrage’
The People’s Vote campaign group has condemned the idea of leaving the EU without a deal, saying it would: “cause huge division and ruptures in our democracy.”
Francis Grove-White, a spokesman for the group, told TalkRadio leaving without a deal was never discussed in the 2016 referendum, and therefore a fresh vote is needed.
He said: “What would be a democratic outrage would be to have a no-deal Brexit forced on the country by a Prime Minister elected by 160,000 Conservative members without anybody else being given a say.”
9.41am update: Campaigner launches legal action to stop Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament
Campaigner Gina Miller is launching legal action to stop the Tory leader frontrunner suspending Parliament in order to force through a no deal Brexit.
The businesswoman’s lawyers have written to Mr Johnson warning it would be “constitutionally unacceptable” and unlawful for him to lock MPs out of the Commons to stop them from blocking a no deal outcome.
9.20am update: Tory MP set to follow his conscience and quit as MP
Tory MP Guto Bebb is quitting Parliament at the next general election over the party’s Eurosceptic direction, saying it was: “Appealing to the type of nationalism that has seen UKIP grow in the past, and the Brexit Party now.”
Mr Bebb said he would not be able “with any conscience” to offer himself as a candidate who supports either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.
He told BBC Radio Cymru that Boris Johnson would be a “disastrous” prime minister.
Mr Bebb added the EU referendum vote had “meant that there is a tendency within the party to appeal to the extremes”.
9am update: UK has more influence in world since Brexit vote
Since the crunch Brexit vote the UK has gained more influence in the world, Britain’s chief trade negotiator said today.
Crawford Falconer, the UK’s chief trade negotiation adviser since 2017, has said the UK had “very little to say” on trade prior to coming into post.
But he now says things are “changing rapidly and will change even more rapidly”.
Mr Falconer told Sky News that before voting to leave the bloc, the UK “had very little influence on the international trade system”.
8.21am update: Philip Hammond vows to oppose a no deal Brexit from the back benches
Philip Hammond has vowed to oppose a no deal Brexit from the back benches and urged civil servants to not change their advice on the consequences of leaving the bloc without a deal.
The chancellor, who is expected to be sacked by the new prime minister, is likely to become a vocal member of the anti no deal bloc on the Tory back benches, The Times reports.
8.15am update: BeLeave launches appeal against £20,000 fine by election watchdog
The founder of pro-Brexit campaign group BeLeave will appeal against a £20,000 fine imposed b the Electoral commission in court this morning.
Darren Grimes was fined after allegedly breaching spending rules during the EU referendum campaign.
He insisted he was “completely innocent” of making false declarations, regarding a £680,000 donation to his BeLeave youth group from the main Vote Leave campaign.
The spending took Vote Leave over its £7million legal spending limit by almost £500,000.
Mr Grimes raised nearly £100,000 via an online crowdfunding campaign to appeal against the verdict of the commission, which will begin at the County Court at Central London this morning.
8.12am update: Trade secretary launched recruitment drive for trade negotiators
Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, has launched a recruitment drive for a new generation of UK trade negotiators.
It follows the warnings of a shortage of experienced trade negotiators throughout the Brexit process.
The training scheme, with an initial 12 places, will provide professional negotiator for trade talks with the first recruits being ready in two years.
The Lib Dems criticised the move as a “last minute scramble”, but Mr Fox has rejected claims the scheme should have happened earlier.