Northern Ireland faces food supply disruption over Brexit, MPs say

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Northern Ireland faces a food supply disruption because its suppliers are unaware of the red tape associated with Brexit which will be required to ship goods to the region, business leaders have announced.

A United Kingdom-EU trade agreement has been reached as well as details of implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Aodhán Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, told MPs police in Belfast and London must 'shouting from the rooftops' in order for suppliers and parcel delivery companies in the UK to understand the new rules.

Six lorries on the first ferry landing in Belfast on 1 January were delayed due to inaccuracy of the documents.

Democratic Unionist MP Ian Paisley claimed the new arrangements on the region had been 'disaster' and justified eliminating Northern Ireland protocol which had set the stage for the final Brexit deal between London and Brussels.

Mr Leheny said many companies had "gone back and thought about how they could manage the relocations from the UK to Northern Ireland."