By Ron Howells • 24 July 2021 • 20:10
Britons vow to boycott EU goods after M&S shipments destroyed. image: Wikipedia
Britons have vowed to boycott EU goods after some M&S food shipments to Ireland had to be destroyed.
Britons furious over the massive food waste caused by border delays to Ireland have vowed to boycott all goods coming into the UK from the European Union.
This came after an M&S boss revealed that at least a fifth of all company exports to Ireland are getting turned away and destroyed at the border.
M&S Supermarket Chairman Archie Norman explained how outrageous post-Brexit border checks on his company’s food imports to the Republic of Ireland means lorries have experienced delays of up to 48 hours, meaning products have to be destroyed as they would be deemed unsafe for human consumption.
The M&S Chairman told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “Since January we have been exporting into the Republic of Ireland. At the moment, only about 80 per cent of our product is getting into Ireland, so 20 per cent doesn’t arrive at all, and that applies to other retailers as well.”
The government said border checks on goods from Great Britain it signed up to in the 2019 Brexit divorce deal has so far proved unsustainable and are causing immense damage to Uk firms.
Brexit Minister Lord Frost said they risked harming business and were damaging the “fabric” of the UK. The EU is standing by the original 2019 deal and said it would not agree to renegotiate the terms.
The checks were agreed to in the 2019 deal and are included in the Northern Ireland Protocol, a section of the Brexit deal designed to avoid border checks on the island of Ireland. Lord Frost called on the EU to look on the UK’s proposals with “fresh eyes,” adding: “We cannot go on as we are.”
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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