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Depleted: Some of the near-empty shelves at supermarket

Depleted: Some of the near-empty shelves at supermarket

Depleted: Some of the near-empty shelves at supermarket

To all those people saying that Brexit won't affect the arrival of goods into Northern Ireland, I'm here to tell you that you're wrong.

After 10 days dutifully adhering to public health advice to stay at home, I finally ventured outside on Tuesday night as our food cupboards were looking decidedly bare.

However, my late night trip to the local supermarket was reminiscent of the early days of the first lockdown, when basic staples such as toilet roll and flour were as rare as hen's teeth.

Mince, cat and dog food, frozen pizzas, garlic bread, chicken breasts, whole chickens, cereal, sugar, soft drinks, even my son's favourite chocolate chip brioche was out of stock.

After so long away from the shops, I was totally shocked at the empty shelves and I initially put it down to panic buying in response to the latest lockdown. However, I was reliably informed by staff that lorry loads of stock have been held up as a result of the new paperwork required after Brexit.

Apparently, everything needed to get through the ports is correct and present but the staff processing the paperwork are taking slightly longer as they become accustomed to the new procedures.

They're hoping the shelves will be restocked by Friday but just like all the other Brexit promises, I won't hold my breath.

Belfast Telegraph


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