Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Warning Brexit May Mean Spread of Infectious Diseases

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Warning Brexit May Mean Spread of Infectious Diseases

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THE UK's ability to tackle the spread of infectious diseases could be impaired after Brexit, a report has warned.

A failure to maintain good relationships with European experts could pose a 'significant threat' to public health, the Brexit Health Alliance said.

The coalition group called for the issue to be addressed as a priority in negotiations over Britain's departure from the EU.

Niall Dickson, co-chairman of the Brexit Health Alliance, said: "We welcome the Government's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health protection after the UK leaves the EU.

"But we should be under no illusion - if we fail to reach a good agreement on the EU and UK's future relationship, that could be a significant threat to public health.

"This cannot and should not be ignored. …

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