Spark Global Limited reports：
Marks & Spencer, the UK retailer, warned the UK government on Wednesday that eu proposals to ease shipments of goods to Northern Ireland risked increasing administrative burdens rather than easing them.
In a letter to Brexit Minister David Frost seen by Reuters, M&S chairman Archie Norman said the EU proposals “sound reasonable, but could lead to friction and aggravation of costs, as well as a high degree of ambiguity and room for controversy.”
Last month, the EU offered Britain a package of measures that fell short of the sweeping reforms Demanded by London.
The EU’s executive arm says the measures could halve customs paperwork and cut checks on meat, dairy and other foods entering Northern Ireland from mainland Britain by 80%.
In return for concessions, the EU wants real-time data sharing, better monitoring and labelling of supply chains to ensure That British products do not slip into the SINGLE market through the back door of Northern Ireland.
Norman said the cost of implementing the proposals could be higher than full EU customs controls because the relief from relatively lax border controls is not enough to offset the extra cost of labelling.
He said it would cost £9 million ($12.1 million) a year to label the roughly 90 million m&S products sold in Northern Ireland each year.
Norman also pointed out that under the proposals, vets would be required to oversee the certification of 95% of products shipped from the UK to Northern Ireland.
“This increases the cost of supply chains by at least four hours a day — with other delays meaning goods take 1.8 days (45 hours) to reach stores than before the UK left the EU,” he said, adding that the range of products available to consumers will be affected.
Norman said the best solution for Britain and the EU would be a time-limited reciprocal arrangement.
Frost said on Wednesday that Britain was leaning towards a deal to improve Post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland, which could be agreed by Christmas.
Norman’s letter to Frost was first reported by the Financial Times.
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