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Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

Leaked British government documents have warned of disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is prepared to charge out of the EU regardless of whether he is able to renegotiate the Brexit deal struck with Brussels by his predecessor, Theresa May, over the next 10 weeks.

The Sunday Times published what it said were confidential government memos outlining the consequences of tearing up May's deal, warning that a sudden British exit could lead to a decrease in the supply of fresh food.

Demonstrators walk a flock of sheep through the streets as part of a protest against Brexit, in central London, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Protestors are walking sheep past government buildings as part of 'Farmers for a People's Vote' to highlight the risk Brexit presents to livestock. (AP PhotoVudi Xhymshiti)

The memos also warn of "significant" disruptions to drug supplies that could last for up to six months.

Britain's Cabinet Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Associated Press.

A small flock of sheep is seen before being walked the streets as part of a protest against Brexit, in central London, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Protestors are walking sheep past government buildings as part of 'Farmers for a People's Vote' to highlight the risk Brexit presents to livestock. (AP PhotoVudi Xhymshiti)

Demonstrators walk a flock of sheep outside British Government's Department of International Trade as part of a protest against Brexit, in central London, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Protestors are walking sheep past government buildings as part of 'Farmers for a People's Vote' to highlight the risk Brexit presents to livestock. (AP PhotoVudi Xhymshiti)

Demonstrators walk a flock of sheep through the streets as part of a protest against Brexit, in central London, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Protestors are walking sheep past government buildings as part of 'Farmers for a People's Vote' to highlight the risk Brexit presents to livestock. (AP PhotoVudi Xhymshiti)

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, March 29, 2019, a pro-Brexit demonstrator holds a British flag with the words "Leave Means Leave" in front of the Winston Churchill statue in London. The Brexit decision to split from the European Union was fuelled by a sense that the U.K. is fundamentally separate from its continental neighbours, but both sides of the Brexit debate conjure up strong historical concepts for this sceptered isle.(AP Photo Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 file photo, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech on stage during a rally on Whitehall in London. Britain’s fractious opposition politicians are giving a mixed reception to a plan by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to block a no-deal Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed that Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal. (AP PhotoMatt Dunham, File)

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Cabinet Office in Whitehall in London on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Demonstrations for both sides of the Brexit debate continue around parliament, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed that Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a Brexit deal. (AP Photo Vudi Xhymshiti)