Taoiseach Micheál Martin has expressed concerns over potential delivery delays during Christmas as a result of Brexit.
While speaking ahead of his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York this afternoon, Martin stated that he believes the “fall out has yet to come” in regards to Brexit.
“I’ve been concerned for a long time in relation to Brexit. I think Covid has masked a lot of the issues around Brexit. Now, we’ve managed to weather some of the storm because of preparation, we prepared well, and also because we’re opening up things to Europe and so on.”
Martin added, “But I think from SMEs, for example, in Ireland that they’re finding the lead in times for ordering goods and getting goods into countries much longer than it would have been before Brexit. Also SMEs within Britain are finding it difficult in terms of accessing the European market,”.
Shoppers have been advised to start planning their Christmas purchases as soon as they can this year as many companies operating in Ireland have stated that they are experiencing major delays ahead of Christmas.
The British Retail Consortium has warned that disruptions are inevitable if progress is not made to solve the shortage of approximately 90,000 truck drivers.
Calling for “common sense and pragmatism”, Martin stated, “I think there hasn’t been the same level of preparation in UK, for Brexit, and the results of that are showing.”
He added that everybody, including the UK, needs to reflect on how Brexit is working.
“We owe it to those in the frontline of industry and business, that systems run smoothly,”.
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