NIreland stores see empty shelves as Brexit trade rules bite
LONDON (AP) – The major retail stores from the UK warned Wednesday that food stocks in Northern Ireland are being threatened by fresh tests from the European Union levied by Britain.
After the images were seen showing blank regiments, Tesco CEOs Sainsbury, Asda, Iceland, Co-Op and Marks & Spencer wrote to the government that a "significant disruption" would result unless a "unworkable" scheme was remedied with urgency.
At the end of 2020, Great Britain left the economic embrace of the 27-nation bloc, Brexit's final point.
A trade agreement which came into force on January 1 enables Britain and the EU to trade goods without quotas or tariffs.
Yet it is a long way from the United Kingdom's smooth and trouble free trading.
When it was part of the EU Single Market, loved.
Companies face additional burdens and burdens, including customs statements and border controls.
In order to secure their free border with EU Member State Ireland, Northern Ireland remains tightly tied to the Brexit divorce market.
This means that additional restrictions are being carried out between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, including customs declarations for commodities and export health certificates for agricultural items dependent on livestock.
A grace period of three months means that certain steps will not be enforced until April 1, but companies have already stagnated under the weight of new paperwork.
The British Food and Drink Federation's Chief Executive, Ian Wright, told a group of lawmakers that Northern Ireland was in danger of going "from color TV to black and white" for food choices.
The British Government said in a statement, "a new dedicated government team has already been established, which will work on ways to streamline the movement of goods with supermarkets, food industry and the Northern Ireland Executive."
Although concerns of large queues of trucks at the ports of the English Channel between the UK and the EU were unfulfilled during the quiet Christmas and New Year's season, the government cautioned against disruptions as traffic levels increased.
And there have been other barriers to smooth trade.
Wright said it was a big U.K.
He learned the export process to the EU, which took three hours, took five days now.
He encouraged Britain and the EU to take more measures to eliminate trade tension.
"If we don't see progress then the costs are rising, the choices are eroding, and quality is also dissipating, and that can not be good for anyone," he said.