‘Three years on from Brexit, the most difficult bit is yet to come’

Two pawns on a chessboard, one painted with the Union Jack and one with the EU flag

Three years on from Brexit and the impact to retailers and consumers has been relatively limited. However, in many ways, the most difficult bit is yet to come, says British Retail Consortium’s Andrew Opie

Brexit has certainly been bad news for UK-based retailers operating stores in or sending parcels to the EU.

The costs and delays arising from new customs checks, particularly for food, have made competition with the EU harder.

Although retailers have largely adapted to the new arrangements, the loss of the single market has reduced opportunities for UK retailers. 

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