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Energy Supply

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL13420, tabled on 4 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that businesses are stockpiling electrical power components in preparation for a no-deal Brexit, and (2) the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on UK power networks.

Answered on

18 February 2019

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. The Government has accelerated no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

The UK’s exit from the EU will not alter the fact that our energy system is resilient and secure and drawn from a number of sources. The Government’s Technical Notices set out how cross-border trading and supply of electricity and gas will change, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a Deal. The Government has worked with Ofgem and National Grid to ensure security of supply.

The Government has recommended that businesses ensure they are prepared, enacting their own ‘no deal’ plans as they judge necessary.