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Michael Gove reassures Holyhead businesses over no deal Brexit concerns

Michael Gove has been in Holyhead speaking to business owners. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

There are just two months to go before we are due to leave the European Union and concerns over a no deal Brexit are growing.

The minister in charge of preparing for a no deal Brexit has been in Holyhead today.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has been attempting to reassure businesses in Wales that ports will continue to flow freely.

Small businesses and pharmacists have expressed concerns about a no deal Brexit. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Michael Gove has announced £1.7 million to be shared between Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to get our gateways ready.

We are getting ready for leaving on October 31st.

We are confident that the NHS and pharmacists will have everything that they need and I think stockpiling is counter productive...

I don't believe we'll get queues of lorries down the A55 in Holyhead... Broadly the flow of goods and produce that we see here should be maintained after October 31st.

– Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Plas Farm yoghurt producers in Holyhead said they are concerned about a no deal. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Plas Farm is Europe's biggest producer of frozen yoghurt. David Williams has been running the Holyhead-based business for 24 years. He said he is concerned that leaving without a deal could force them out of business.

We don't even know if we'll have a business in three months time - and it's as basic as that.

– David Williams, Plas Farm owner
Some Welsh pharmacists are calling for more information from the Government. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Pharmacists have also been urging the Government for more clarity on their no deal planning.

It's important we have openness and transparency and we keep the communication lines open so that the pharmacy sector can plan.

– Sudhir Sehrawat, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

After Dover, Holyhead is the second largest roll on roll off port in the UK. But a no deal would mean extra border controls and custom checks, leading to possible delays or worse freight business and jobs moving away.

But florist Trudy Sodden said she does not feel like her small business can prepare for Brexit. Despite this, she is not too worried about it.

Trudy Sodden said she may start to use growers from this country more. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

It's a quick turnover with flowers - it's not like you can pre-order them. because you order them the night before and deliver them the next day.

I'm not a worrier because I face things as they happen but if I go on to my web shop and something is outpriced then I just go for something else and I change my style for that week.

The only thing is if somebody wants a particular type of flower and you have to get it then we just have some way of warning them that there could be a price rise.

– Trudy Sodden, Occasions Florists