M&S chair Norman warns EU trade plans on Northern Ireland will increase red tape

M&S chair Archie Norman

Marks & Spencer chair Archie Norman has issued a fresh warning to the government amid fears that EU proposals on the transit of goods to Northern Ireland will increase friction and cost for businesses.

In a letter to Brexit minister David Frost, Norman wrote that the proposals “could result in worsening friction and cost and a high level of ambiguity and scope for dispute”.

The UK government is attempting to change its original Brexit deal, which left Northern Ireland in the EU single market for goods.

This followed a move to prevent a trade border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but effectively resulted in a border in the Irish Sea between the mainland of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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