Saturday 21 September 2019

'Absolute chaos for months' - consumers live in fear of Brexit

Flights, food and fuel top list of concerns. Stock Image: PA
Flights, food and fuel top list of concerns. Stock Image: PA
Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

Consumers fear they will be hit in the pocket as a result of Brexit.

They fear higher prices for food, fuel and flights, and are concerned over disruption of travel plans and security checks at the Border, according to a survey of 1,000 people by Core.

The research found 77pc of those surveyed believed Brexit will mean the economy in this country suffers.

A majority are concerned over the disruption of travel plans and possible security checks on the Border.

Flights, food and fuel top list of concerns.

Despite Brexit uncertainty, 31pc said affordable housing should be Ireland's main priority.

Cheerful: Theresa May and Kenneth Clarke (left) enjoy Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Cheerful: Theresa May and Kenneth Clarke (left) enjoy Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The "Brexit Barometer" research was conducted to measure how Irish people feel about Brexit and how it will affect their lives.

The greatest concern Irish people have is the affect Brexit will have on peace and security on the island of Ireland.

Seven out of 10 were worried about the effect on travelling between the UK and Ireland as well as security at the Border.

The survey found 67pc were concerned that relationships between the UK and Ireland could affect the peace process.

Most people are worried prices of products could rise if supply issues became a problem.

This has led to a conclusion consumers will be worse off due to Brexit, either by price, experience or choice.

People believe they will be worse off when it comes to a range of purchasing behaviour, particularly flights, food and fuel.

Some six out of 10 people expect grocery prices to rise, with a majority also expecting higher prices for petrol and diesel, and clothing and cars.

Britain leaving the European Union has 68pc of people concerned over how Brexit will affect flights to the UK.

People are also worried about healthcare, while 44pc are concerned about purchasing household energy. Marketing director at Core, Finian Murphy, said people had been unsure about the impact of Brexit, but now people are beginning to consider the effect it will have on their day-to-day lives.

Core's Brexit Barometer report was compiled based on analysis of three key pieces of data: the KBC Consumer Sentiment Index; the Core Cultural Index, and Core's State of the Nation. The survey is based on a sample of 1,000 adults, representative of the population.

The latest survey comes after predictions Ireland's supermarket shelves could start to run bare within two days of a hard Brexit, the head of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland warned yesterday.

General manager Aidan Flynn appealed for haulage firms to take immediate steps to improve supply chains as the UK hurtles towards crashing out of the EU with no deal.

"Ireland's retail shops have no space to stockpile anything," he told the Irish Independent.

"They must be fed by distribution centres every day - and the UK is the major distribution hub for Ireland.

"Stores here have no space to stockpile anything, not even two days of products. They are seriously constrained.

"Everything will take days longer. And in the event of a no deal, there's going to be absolute chaos for months."

Irish Independent

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