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‘We RELY on you’ Ireland panic as Brexit threatens £53.5bn short-cut across UK for exports

IRELAND’S food exporting ‘short-cut’ to Europe via the UK could be cut after Brexit, the country’s haulage experts have warned.

Brexit IrelandGETTY          The Republic of Ireland is set to suffer export chaos after Brexit

Irish food currently reaches mainland Europe in a little over 10 hours by cutting across the British mainland – a route that may be cut off or slowed after the UK leaves the European Union (EU).This would force hauliers to ship Irish food via achingly-slow ferries, a move which could double or even triple transport times to European markets.

Renewal, a tax and customs agency working on behalf of the Irish government, said the issue of food transportation to Europe was “one of the biggest challenges” after .

Aidan Flynn, Freight Transport Association Ireland

And Freight Transport Association Ireland admitted the country was in a vulnerable situation due to its dependence on its nearest neighbour.Manager Aidan Flynn told Politico: “Ireland is reliant on that accessibility to the UK more than any other country in Europe.

Brexit IrelandGETTY              A container ship at Felixstowe, one of Britain’s busiest ports

“We’re all looking for transition, in terms of whatever changes are going to be required … but effectively, if there’s no likelihood of a plan by October 2018 in terms of UK-EU negotiations you’re going to be without a doubt going into … a cliff-edge situation.”Haulage through the UK will most likely be very different for Irish companies after Brexit.

While Ireland is concerned about the impact Brexit will have on the £13.5billion worth of exports it makes to the UK, its real concern is the £40billion it sends to the other EU states.

Verona Murphy of the Irish Road Haulage Association said: “We’re geographically displaced in relation to mainland Europe.“Timing is all important and now the product is packed in such a way that it goes straight to the supermarket shelf.

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Customs checks on Irish goods may be increased dramatically at British ports

“If you miss the market, the value of the product is reduced.“Everything that will happen through Brexit is going to affect us, hard or soft. We’re seeing signs of it already.”

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Stay in the customs union just to suit you? You’ve taken England for granted, and you’re not going to darn well tell us what to do. As far as we’re concerned you’re a foreign country.


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