Brexit food shortages in FRANCE as M&S stores run out of sandwiches and salads

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Three stores in Paris had empty shelves on Tuesday with a number of items missing. It comes as goods travelling between the UK and the EU are subject to new red tape following the end of the Brexit transition period.

Salads were out of stock at the Marks & Spencer store in a shopping centre in the Porte Maillot district of western Paris.

A sign said that because of new trade rules “we have not been able to receive our delivery today”.

And late on Monday, a fridge at the store that usually contains ready meals was empty apart from pizzas.

Fresh salads and pasta dishes were out of stick at another store on Franklin Roosevelt Avenue near the Champs Elysees on Tuesday.

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And shelves of ready-to-eat fresh food were empty yesterday at a Marks & Spencer branch on Boulevard Montmartre in central Paris.

An employee said the supply disruption was because of “Brexit and the New Year”.

In a statement, Marks & Spencer said: “We have prepared for changes associated with Britain leaving the EU in order to minimise disruption for customers.

“As we are transitioning to the new processes, it is taking a little longer for some of our products to reach stores, but we are working… to quickly improve this.”

A spokeswoman for Lagardere, the French firm which holds the franchise for some of the stores in France, said it was working with Marks & Spencer on the issue.

The spokeswoman added that it expected the problems to be resolved by the end of the month.

Marks & Spencer has 20 food stores in France, with all but one in Paris.

The company’s ready meals are popular in the country as the market for convenience food is underserved.

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The empty shelves at Marks & Spencer stores in France come after claims the UK could be affected by food shortages after Brexit.

Morrisons, one of the biggest UK supermarket chains, said on Tuesday it has not faced any issues with supplies from Europe since the post-Brexit trade deal came into force on January 1.

The supermarket’s CEO David Potts said: “There is no issue with the flow of merchandise between mainland Europe to Morrisons right now.”

But he pointed out the volume of goods crossing the English Channel is low at this time of year.

He added: “So I think any delay on the back of paperwork and process post-December 31 is yet to be felt or yet to be visible.”

A post-Brexit trade agreement between the UK and the EU was struck on Christmas Eve after months of negotiations.

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