BREXIT will not affect Hampshire schoolchildren’s lunchtime meals, the county council has confirmed, despite other authorities needing to stockpile foods.

Some schools across the country have also been looking at locally sourcing their ingredients, as the lack of details of the divorce bill is hanging trade agreements up in the air.

But Hampshire County Council has said that it already sources food locally, so won’t be impacted by Brexit.

Hampshire County Council’s economic development chief Councillor Mel Kendal, added: “Hampshire County Council already sources the majority of its school meal ingredients from within the UK, as part of our commitment to sustainability and supporting the local economy.

“We always consider UK suppliers first when sourcing food and will continue to work with our existing suppliers to provide balanced meals for our school children.”

As reported, the UK is set to leave the European Union on March 29, although an official agreement is yet to be reached.

Prime Minister Theresa May has had two of her draft agreements shelved by MPs.

However, Mrs May has warned that if her deal is not passed by Parliament, then the UK will leave with “no-deal” – resulting in potentially disastrous trade agreements for the country.