A 3 month ‘grace interval’, liberating meals importers from the necessity to get hold of export well being certificates, will expire on the finish of March.
The prime minister was requested to “assure” the grace interval could be prolonged – however as a substitute turned on the impression of the Protocol he signed.
“I can definitely assure that, if there are severe issues in supplying supermarkets in Northern Eire – due to some piece of paperwork that’s misapplied – then we are going to merely train Article 16 of the Protocol.
“It’s absurd that there must be such difficulties.”
Solely final weekend, the federal government signalled it was unlikely to bow to stress from the Democratic Unionist Get together to invoke Article 16 – threatening commerce with the Irish Republic.
However many supermarkets in Northern Eire have been hit by rows of empty cabinets due to “unworkable” post-Brexit border preparations – even earlier than they absolutely come into impact.
The bosses of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Iceland, Co-op and Marks and Spencer have protested to Michael Gove, Cupboard Workplace minister overseeing the Protocol.