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Brexit Risks UK Access To Vital Medication: How Bad Do Things Need To Get, Before Parliament Does Its Job?

Charlie MullinsThursday 17th May 2018
Charlie Mullins

For every Member of Parliament, their first duty of public service is to do what is believed to be “right and necessary for the honour and safety of Great Britain.” A rosy and romantic notion, but looking at the current state of the country, will open your eyes to the fact that it’s a duty that’s gone wayside.

The threat of Brexit is fracturing industries in the most unsettling way, with our economy stumbling and confidence in the UK wavering. But every day we continue to wake up to warnings on the impact of Brexit, and as everyone else in the UK begins to sweat over our where we’re heading, there’s still no clear word from Downing Street on our Brexit deal.

Today’s barrage of concern comes from the Pharmaceutical industry, highlighting a no deal between both sides would be detrimental to citizens in the UK. Quite simply, the ill and vulnerable in the UK won’t be able to get the medicine they need from a sector which is heavily reliant on friction-free border movement of medicine. Not only would a distant relationship with the EU threaten and endanger millions of lives in the UK who are in need of swift healthcare, but without a suitable agreement, the Government would also be turning its back on £11.9bn of worth of exports to the economy, as well as significantly impact the cost of drugs imported in from the EU.

It’s this kind of news that you’d hope would force a paradigm shift in Government’s behaviour. You’d pray it would wake Members of Parliament up to the fact that their number one duty is meant to be to protecting the honour and safety of Great Britain. But if the Government have already ignored the whimpering’s of industry experts across the automotive, tech and creative industries – it leads me to question…how bad do things need to get, before the duties of protection are enforced?