Northern Ireland will miss out on a series of traditional treats to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee due to the Brexit treaty which created the Irish Sea border.
Red tape caused by Northern Ireland protocol has halted deliveries of Jubilee baskets, shortbread and alcohol from popular UK companies such as Marks and Spencer, Fortnum and Mason and Walker’s Shortbread.
Theresa Villiers, the former Northern Ireland Secretary, said: ‘It is not acceptable that patriots in Northern Ireland wishing to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign are being denied access to a range of jubilee food and drink products.
“These latest issues provide yet another reason why the Protocol urgently needs to be fixed. We can’t go on like this. »
“Useless and tedious checks”
The protocol introduced border controls on UK goods entering the province, to avoid a hard border between the province and EU member Ireland.
Checks and paperwork are so expensive and shipping costs so high that UK companies have stopped delivering to Northern Ireland.
Protocol rules also prevented Northern Ireland from planting UK trees as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy Jubilee event.
Gregory Campbell, MP for East Londonderry for the DUP, said: ‘Northern Ireland is becoming a colony where we are subject to rules over which we have no control.
He claimed that “hundreds” of British companies had stopped supplying Northern Ireland, adding: “The government must focus on removing the Irish Sea border. Part of the UK should be free to trade with the rest of the country.
Walker’s sells Union Jack shortbread in a limited edition Queen’s Platinum Jubilee box across the UK, except Northern Ireland.
Jim Walker, Managing Director of Walker’s Shortbread, said: ‘Since Brexit we have found that the documentation required for mail order is prohibitively onerous relative to the value of the goods and it is no longer viable to continue business mail order with Northern Ireland. .”