UK supermarkets may shift supply chains to EU

20 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

LONDON: British supermarket groups - including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda - said on Sunday that they may shift some supply chains from the UK to the European Union unless the future of Britain-Northern Ireland trade is addressed urgently.

Current post-Brexit trading arrangements between Britain and Northern Ireland are governed by the Northern Ireland protocol, report agencies.

This was designed to strike a balance between keeping open the province’s border with EU member Ireland to protect the 1998 Good Friday peace deal, while stopping goods entering the EU’s single market unchecked across that frontier.