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Tough start for Northern Ireland Protocol as Brexit realities begin to bite, from squabbles to supermarket shortages

Margaret Canning



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Transition: Limited choice in a Tesco store in NI as the effects of the Irish Sea border are felt

Transition: Limited choice in a Tesco store in NI as the effects of the Irish Sea border are felt

Lorries leave the Stena Line terminal at Belfast Harbour

Lorries leave the Stena Line terminal at Belfast Harbour

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Transition: Limited choice in a Tesco store in NI as the effects of the Irish Sea border are felt

Unseemly political rows are nothing new for us, but the start of the Northern Ireland Protocol on New Year's Eve has also ushered in delayed consumer deliveries and empty supermarket shelves.

It seems Brexit hasn't gotten off to a good start for us. Marks & Spencer has suspended deliveries of nearly 400 items here while it figures out the new regime. And its much-loved Percy Pig fruit chew could become a totem of the complexities of the trade deal between the UK and EU.


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