A Co Donegal shop owner who stockpiled custard creams for customers has said the Brexit delay has wrecked his plans.
Edward Coyle owns and runs Centra in Raphoe.
Independent.ie reports her has been stockpiling UK-made items, such as Jacob’s Custard Creams, Heinz Beans and garlic bread, for months in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit.
Now, however, with the deadline pushed back to October, his goods will go out of date unless he sells them, which will in turn impact his supply chain.
“We were ready for March 29 and we were ready on April 12. Now this delay has wrecked our plans,” Mr Coyle said.
“We have to sell off all the stuff that we had stockpiled and we have to stockpile again for October, but my worry is that Brexit can happen at any time.
“It can happen in June when they review it, so how do I prepare? How do I manage that?
“The politicians are not helping the likes of me to prepare when they can’t even give us a date. Will October be the actual date, or will it be pushed down the road again?”
Mr Coyle said he and other businesses in the Republic were taking no chances when it came to products manufactured in the UK and had filled warehouses with essentials to avoid empty shelves.
“The items I have stockpiled are items that we can’t guarantee we will have on the shelves if a no-deal Brexit happens,” Mr Coyle explained.
“Anything that is produced in Great Britain is stuff we have stockpiled.
“That would be biscuits such as custard creams, which are manufactured in Great Britain and brought across, and brands like Heinz.Tags: