The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has responded to the news of an agreement on the terms of a Brexit transition period between the UK and the EU.
Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC warned that a hard Irish border would be bad news for retailers and consumers in the UK.
“This transition agreement allows retailers to continue to provide consumers with a wide choice of products at competitive prices because it secures tariff-free trade between the EU and the UK,” commented Dickinson. “It is the same result the retail industry needs for the final deal when the transition period ends.
“Any hard Irish border would be very bad news for retailers and the consumers they serve. Retailers and consumers need the free flow of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to continue even after the transition expires to prevent delays on the movement of goods across the border, which would impact on product availability for shoppers.
“We need to see this issue addressed properly in the next stage of negotiations.”
The BRC has outlined a Fair Brexit for Consumers campaign, which looks at how we can achieve tariff-free trade, certainty for EU colleagues working in the UK and more.
Read more about BRC’s Fair Brexit for Consumers campaign here.