Brexit news live – Brit firms slam EU’s costly red tape causing chaos and say ‘If you don’t speak French you’re stuffed’

EU-UK post-Brexit trading is proving an expensive nightmare for British firms which are struggling to cope with expensive and time-wasting red tape to import or export goods.

“If you don’t speak French, you’re stuffed,” Nicolas Hanson told BBC News.

Hanson, managing director of pasta-making firm La Tua Pasta, said that he’s been slugged with an extra £50,000 to £75,000 in costs since January 1 thanks to new demands for paperwork.

It comes as a number of major UK retailers – including Halfords, John Lewis, Fortnum & Mason and AO – remain unable to deliver products to customers in Northern Ireland, more than six weeks after the Brexit deal was agreed.

Some retailers have said they are still developing and finalising IT systems which can deal with new trade requirements for Northern Ireland.

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