Prepared for Christine C. | Delivered October 20, 2019
Brexit Effect on Northern Ireland
To gain an understanding of the effects of Brexit on Northern Ireland in general and Northern Ireland's capital Belfast in particular.
EFFECTS OF BREXIT ON NORTHERN IRELAND
A no-deal Brexit will have effects on a "range of everyday activities in Northern Ireland, like
grocery shopping, filling prescriptions
, mobile phone coverage, and energy bills."
A no-deal Brexit is expected to result to problems in Northern Ireland's retail industry.
For the food sector, it is expected that a no-deal Brexit will result in fresh food shortages in Northern Ireland.
According to Aodhán Connolly of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, consumers cannot stockpile on fresh food and the U.K. is reliant on food supplies from mainland Europe for certain
fresh fruits and vegetables.
In the U.K.,
of food comes from the European Union. This can be further broken down into
of lettuces, and
of soft fruit.
In addition to food shortages, Connolly notes that
cost rises are also expected
for goods that are imported to Northern Ireland and goods that are made in the country.
In August 2019, the heads of
17 royal colleges
and health charities across the U.K. wrote a letter to the prime minister that alluded to the fact that clinicians will not be able to
guarantee and reassure patients
that their health and care will not be affected in a no-deal Brexit.
The heads of the colleges and health charities warned that there are significant concerns in regard to
shortages of medical supplies
The chairman of Northern Ireland's wing of the British Medical Association,
Dr Tom Black
has expressed his concerns regarding this issue. However, Dr Black recommends that
patients should not stockpile
on medicine because viable workarounds to this issue will be developed if supply problems occur.
of the medicine that is used in the U.K. either
comes from the EU
or via the EU.
According to Colin Neill, the CEO of Hospitality Ulster, a no-deal Brexit may also result in a
rise in the price of alcohol.
In his own words, Neill noted that "there are
no World Trade Organization tariffs
on alcohol, there are some on wine, but the core alcohol part there's not. But if you're bringing alcohol in, you have to can it, there's glass, so anything packaged here
would go up in price
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