By Aine McGlinchey
In January, Northern Ireland started to see a direct impact of Brexit, as supermarkets were left with empty shelves due to the Irish Sea border.
The food shortages were due to the Northern Ireland Protocol, an element of the UK’s post-Brexit deal. This meant that added paperwork is now needed for shipping from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, especially for products of animal origin.
The issue was dismissed by the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson as ‘teething problems’ however people were still frustrated and concerned if this is what Brexit would mean for NI. While the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said there is likely to be a ‘variation in the choice of some foods available’ and ‘some food prices are likely to increase.’