No deal Brexit could lead to ‘UK sperm shortage’
As if things couldn’t get any worse, we’re now being informed that the UK is running the risk of a sperm shortage if no deal with the EU is reached.
In a technical notice about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, it said sperm banks operating in Britain would have to strike new deals with exporters on the continent to ensure a steady supply.
A spokesman for the Best for Britain campaign told PoliticsHome: “If you weren’t scared by the prospect of a no deal Brexit before, you sure as hell should be now.”
The spokesperson added: “How many people thought about the implications of Brexit on sperm?
“But in reality thousands of people rely on commercial sperm banks to be able to have a family.
“No deal Brexit not only could make people poorer it could also mean real heartache of not being able to have children.”
The details about sperm imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit came in a technical notice about the quality and safety or organs, tissues and cells from the Department of Health.
It said: “The UK imports donated sperm, primarily from commercial sperm banks in the USA and Denmark.
“Approximately 4,000 samples were imported from the USA and 3,000 samples from Denmark in 2017, as well as a small number from other EU countries.”