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Four Brexit red tape horror stories

Brexit correspondent Lisa O’Carroll distils a few of the post-exit bumps facing individual British firms that she has investigated for the Guardian

By Lisa O'Carroll   April 2021

Hard cheese

Cheesemaker Simon Spurrell reports losing a fifth of his orders overnight when Britain left the single market on 1st January. His Cheshire Cheese Company had a successful line in selling packs of wax-wrapped cheese, worth £25-£30, direct to European customers, but it has turned out that every order requires a £180 health certificate, rendering the trade unviable. He will now divert a planned £1m investment in a distribution centre from Macclesfield to France, moving 20 jobs. Spurrell had spoken to Defra in advance, and was ready for changes in wholesale, but had had no warnings on…

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