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Britain 'absolutely confident' will keep supply chains moving after Brexit: transport minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps visits the area where a passenger train derailed near Stonehaven, Scotland, Britain, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is “absolutely confident” it will keep supply chains moving regardless of the outcome of negotiations with the European Union on a future trade agreement post Brexit, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Friday.

Shapps was responding to a warning from Britain’s customs and logistics associations that the country’s Brexit border preparations were inadequate and risk causing disruption to supply chains next year.

He said Britain’s supply chains had been under record pressure during the coronavirus pandemic but had responded well.

“We’ve kept the supply chains going and I’m absolutely confident we’ll do that again in the future going forward,” he told BBC radio.

Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Alistair Smout

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