A staggering three in 10 Britons are already thinking ahead for when Britain cuts ties with Brussels, including plans to stockpile groceries and applying for a new passport. Before Brexit is done and dusted, one in 10 people in Britain and Northern Ireland will be keeping their cupboards full by buying in more food than they usually would. Similarly, five percent of respondents to a new survey are already thinking ahead to Christmas and birthdays and say they will buy presents before the leaving date. Not everyone will spend more in preparation for Britain’s departure though, as nearly one in 10 Britons are already spending less on non-essential items due to worries over how their disposable income will be affected.
Those who are worried about Brexit say they will apply for another passport from an EU country, roughly three percent of respondents, while almost two percent are planning to relocate.
Good value holidays are the top priority for some wanderlust Britons, with three percent planning to book their flights to the EU before the withdrawal date.
Four percent of Britons say they will purchase foreign currency ahead of this.
However as previously revealed by Finder.com, over half of Britons may go on less European holidays – 56 percent said they are considering UK staycations over EU mini-breaks.
Residents in the West Midlands are the most concerned about running out of food with nearly one in seven, 14 percent, planning to stock up on groceries.
While one in 10.9 percent, are also buying their gifts ahead of Brexit.
Residents from the North East are the most likely to stock up on foreign currency, 13 percent, and seek out a passport from an EU country in the event of Brexit with over one in 14 (seven percent) planning to apply.
They are followed closely by London and Northern Ireland where over one in 20 residents plan to apply for a passport in the wake of Brexit.
To view the complete breakdown of Finder’s Brexit preparations statistics, visit: finder.com/uk/brexit-preparations
Jon Ostler CEO (UK) of Finder.com, said: “This research shows that continued delays and uncertainty around Brexit are leading a significant number of Brits to take matters into their own hands and start making both small and major preparations.
“Some plans, like relocating to another country or gaining citizenship, are big undertakings that will need serious research and careful thought, but others are more straightforward.
“With many of us still set to travel to the EU over the next few years, it’s worth monitoring the pound’s strength against foreign currencies to make sure you book a trip or exchange currency at a good time.”
A total of 2,000 people were questioned throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland.