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Northern Ireland food supply at risk of disruption but neglected in Brexit negotiations

Northern Ireland food supply at risk of disruption but neglected in Brexit negotiations

DUBLIN: Northern Ireland’s future food supply could be at risk of serious disruption because the UK Government is neglecting the issue in Brexit negotiations.

Experts from the and City, University of London warn there has been no planning for how food trade will fit into any changes to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state),

Published by the and the CIEH, the report shows why a “frictionless” border is vital to the high-volume, economically and nutritionally important food trade into, out of and through Northern Ireland.

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is currently, in effect, invisible. Anyfuture deal which requiresborder checks and infrastructure raises serious food safety, standards, crime and fraud risks, according to the report. New arrangements could increase food prices, reduce access to healthy food, cause transport delays and harm agri-food businesses.