In news that’s sure to disappoint many, M&S has announced that 800 products from its stores in the Republic of Ireland are being cut, including popular items like free-range chicken, orchids, or goods containing Parmesan Reggiano.
According to the retail giant, the decision to make the cuts comes down to disruptions and excessive paperwork caused by Brexit on exports from the UK to Europe.
Apart from the cuts to Irish shops, M&S plans to close 11 of its stores in France amid issues over chilled food supplies, as Brexit delays are making items with a very short shelf life, such as freshly made sandwiches, unsellable.
Thankfully, this means that products like everyone’s favourites such as Percy Pig are safe, but what does this mean for Colin the Caterpillar?
The group said: ‘The lengthy and complex export processes now in place following the UK’s exit from the European Union are significantly constraining the supply of fresh and chilled product from the UK into Europe and continuing to impact product availability for customers and the performance of our business in France.’
The French stores, which are almost all located on the high streets of Paris will close their doors as soon as the end of the year.
Paul Friston, managing director of M&S International, said: ‘M&S has a long history of serving customers in France and this is not a decision we or our partner SFH have taken lightly.’
The news comes after issues in April that led M&S to remove fresh and chilled products from its stores in the Czech Republic.
Unfortunately, the company warned last week that further disruption is expected when a grace period on trade and goods coming into the UK from the continent begins to expire.
M&S Chairman Archie Norman recently called out in a public letter the ‘byzantine, pointless and honestly pettifogging’ red tape following Brexit.
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