Brits splashed out on Viagra pills as fears grew over hard Brexit

Fears of a hard Brexit led to a massive rise in Viagra sales ahead of the UK's departure from the EU.

Demand for the blue pills and other erectile ­dysfunction (ED) treatments shot up 40% in the eight weeks before the UK cut ties with Brussels.

Brits got the willies over fears Viagra – produced in Ireland – would be in short supply in 2021 ­after the country split with the EU after a drawn out exit.

But internet pharmacy EveAdam said men do not face stiff competition to get hold of stocks.

The company’s Dr Daniel Atkinson said: “There’s no need to worry about a shortage of ED drugs such as Viagra.

“There aren’t any supply problems at the moment with ED drugs.

“So if you are affected by ED and are looking for treatment, Brexit will not hinder you in getting the help you need.”

Demand for Viagra rose by a staggering 482% in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum, said the chemist.

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The drug, available over the counter in the UK since 2018, is produced in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, now nicknamed “Viagra Falls”.

In 2018 it was reported that one million pills were stockpiled in the UK over fears of a hard Brexit.

There have been widespread fears over trade problems that would arise when the UK left the EU.

Early trade difficulties are "just the tip of the iceberg" as businesses adjust to new demands after Brexit, according to compliance expert Hurricane Commerce.

It was reported that a driver's ham sandwiches were confiscated on the Dutch border due to Brexit.

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