Two weeks after New Year celebrations from government that marked the end of the Brexit shift duration, managers of the U.K.’s largest supermarkets are warning of “considerable disturbance” to food supplies in the coming months since of post-Brexit border plans on the island of Ireland.
Currently, some products are running short in Northern Ireland as shops come up against new post-Brexit guidelines for importing food items from Great Britain throughout the Irish Sea.
In the letter, likewise signed by the British Retail Consortium, the grocery store managers said: “All our organizations and suppliers have invested significantly in the last few months to avoid interruption but that will become inevitable if the propositions governing the movement of food from Great Britain to Northern Ireland are adopted.
The presidents are requiring a contract with the EU for more time to implement a “extensive system” for the motion of food. The letter states: “We require a guarantee that the current process based on a trusted trader plan utilizing the attestation process does not alter up until a convenient replacement is concurred.”
A U.K. federal government representative said a brand-new group has actually been set up to deal with grocery stores, the food industry and the Northern Ireland Executive to establish methods to “enhance the motion of products” while still meeting the procedure set out by the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland. The representative said: “The grace period for grocery stores and their providers is working well, products continue to stream efficiently between Terrific Britain and Northern Ireland and we are working intensively with market as new requirements been available in.”
Discussing the interruption, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “A small number of our items are briefly unavailable for our clients in Northern Ireland while border plans are verified. We were gotten ready for this and so our consumers will discover a wide variety of alternative items in our stores in the meantime and we are striving to return to our complete, typical variety quickly.”
Newsweek has approached the supermarkets included for comment.