Very stark words from @Foodanddrinkfed's Ian Wright

Supply chain disruption "is going to get worse," he tells @ifgevents, with Xmas & new Brexit checks coming down the line

Just in time supply chains as the UK has known them are "over" and food shortages will now be "permanent"
The Food & Drink Federation's Ian Wright says he's been led to believe the government might announce a further delay to EU import checks as soon as this afternoon...

Here's @politicshome's exc from earlier this week on gov discussing another postponement…
Story: Food shortages will be "permanent" and the disruption is going to get worse in the next few weeks, warns the @Foodanddrinkfed's Ian Wright

The just-in-time model enjoyed by UK consumers for decades is "over" and not coming back

Happy Friday…
I'm told a government announcement on EU import checks being delayed is more likely to come next week

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14 Sep
Confirmed: The government is delaying some checks on EU imports

Export Health Certificates, originally required from October, now not needed until July

Physical checks and safety & security decs moved from January to July…
Scathing response from @Foodanddrinkfed Ian Wright, who says officials said “as recently as yesterday” checks will go ahead as planned

“Many food & drink manufacturers will be dismayed by the lateness of this substantial change… With just 17 days to go the rug has been pulled”
Lukewarm responses from the @CBItweets and @britishchambers

Summary: delaying EU import checks is sensible but government needs to do a lot more

Also worth noting the major trade bodies aren’t united on this (see previous tweet)
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6 Aug
Ministers are being urged to temporarily relax immigration rules with supply chain disruption set to get worse in the next few weeks

But government isn't budging: "We want to build a resilient domestic workforce and not rely on immigration to do this"…
A long-standing HGV driver shortage is being compounded by Covid & post-Brexit immigration rules

But it's not just drivers where the UK is lacking

Crops are going unpicked due to shortages elsewhere in the supply chain, @NigelFpc tells @politicshome…
Government has relaxed drivers' hours rules and plans to speed up tests (current backlog = 45,000) in an bid to tackle the shortage

But the industry says overseas drivers and other supply chain workers should be added to the occupation shortage list…
Read 6 tweets
10 Jul
Filling in for the ace @Alain_Tolhurst on this week’s Saturday read...

I interviewed DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson, who insisted he was not scared about the next Assembly election but warned it’d be “critical” for unionism. “It’s an election we must win.”…
Donaldson, who replaced Edwin Poots last month, told me the DUP would not consider supporting the UK government's move to implement Irish language legislation until/unless it delivered "meaningful" changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol…
With the DUP languishing in recent polls, Donaldson said the party must be more "inclusive" and a "broad umbrella under which unionists can shelter," to get back on track

The DUP needed a more "positive & progressive" vision, he said. "We have work to do"…
Read 4 tweets
7 Jul
most stressed I’ve been since meaningful vote 2.0
Not even Matterface can ruin this
Hi Lee Anderson do u want picking up in the morning pal
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28 Jun
0-0 out on pens tomorrow it is then
nailed on
I’m cancelled
Read 5 tweets
11 Apr
Exc: Former Northern Ireland Secretaries urge government to take the province more seriously after a week of unrest

Peter Hain: successive governments have shown “casual indifference” towards NI

Mandelson: Johnson must show “more candour & engagement”…
Peter Hain (Northern Ireland Secretary 05-07): “Compared with the attention Blair, Major and Brown gave to Northern Ireland, it has been treated with casual indifference, Frankly, I find it really upsetting”

Johnson should have flown out there “days ago”…
"The government has allowed this to degenerate to the most serious crisis for a quarter of a century," Hain told PoliticsHome

He singled out “respected” Julian Smith, who Johnson sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary when he became PM, as an exception…
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