Brexit news: Food shortage in FRANCE as M&S stores run out of sandwiches and salads | Politics | New


Three Parisian stores had empty shelves on Tuesday with a number of items missing. This comes as goods traveling between the UK and the EU face further red tape after the end of the Brexit transition period.

The salads were out of stock at the Marks & Spencer store in a shopping center in the Porte Maillot district of western Paris.
A sign read that due to the new trade rules “we could not receive our delivery today”.

And late on Monday, a fridge in the store that usually contains cooked meals was empty except for the pizzas.

On Tuesday, fresh salads and pasta dishes were out of stick at another store on Avenue Franklin Roosevelt near the Champs-Elysees.

And the shelves of fresh ready-to-eat products were empty yesterday at a Marks & Spencer agency on Boulevard Montmartre in central Paris.

An employee said the supply disruption was due to ‘Brexit and the New Year’.

In a statement, Marks & Spencer said: “We have prepared for the changes associated with Britain’s exit from the EU to minimize disruption to customers.

“As we move into the new processes, some of our products take a little longer to reach the stores, but we are working… to improve that quickly.

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Empty shelves at Marks & Spencer stores in France follow allegations the UK could be affected by food shortages after Brexit.

Morrisons, one of Britain’s largest supermarket chains, said on Tuesday it had not encountered any supply problems from Europe since the post-Brexit trade deal went into effect on January 1 .

Supermarket CEO David Potts said: “There is no problem with the flow of goods between mainland Europe and Morrisons at this time. ”

But he stressed that the volume of goods crossing the Channel is low at this time of year.

He added: “So I think any delay on the back of the paperwork and process after December 31 has not yet been felt or is not yet visible. ”

A post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU was reached on Christmas Eve after months of negotiations.


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