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Brexit news – live: EU firms refuse UK deliveries as Boris Johnson’s India trade trip scrapped – The Independent

Regretful Brexiteer says ‘be careful what you wish for’

A growing number of retailers in the EU have decided they won’t deliver to Britain because of the new costs involved in sending packages after Brexit. Companies have said they are unwilling to register for VAT in the UK, with one Dutch firm calling the red tape “ludicrous”.

It comes as Brexit disruption means Sainsbury’s has reportedly lost around 700 product lines in Northern Ireland – where it has been forced to stock goods from Spar. And Marks & Spencer said new trading rules in place since Britain left the EU were delaying deliveries of food to its stores in France – where branches had empty shelves on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the coronavirus crisis has forced Boris Johnson to scrap a high-profile trip to India, his first overseas visit since the EU exit. Brexit supporters earmarked India as among the major new trade deals they hoped to secure this year.

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