Supermarkets warn of Brexit ‘cliff-edge’ for Northern Ireland supplies

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UK supermarket chains have demanded government intervention to prevent "unworkable" new Brexit regulations causing disruption to food supplies to Northern Ireland.The chief executives of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Iceland, Co-op and Marks & Spencer have written to Cabinet office minister Michael Gove warning that enforcement of new procedures when a grace period expires on 31 March risks a "cliff-edge" for businesses and consumers. Goods sent to Northern Ireland from England, Wales and Scotland are subject to new procedures as a result of the Brexit deal, which imposed a customs border in the Irish Sea to allow the region to remain in the EU single market for goods.This requires EU customs rules to be applied at Northern Ireland's ports, including export declarations for goods imported from GB, and export health certificates for animal-based food products. Image: Part of the letter sent to Michael more...