Wrexham Lager can’t deliver to Ireland because of Brexit
Wrexham Lager can’t deliver to the Republic of Ireland because of Brexit, the firm has announced.
The beer company has said it is unable to do so because it has become “unrealistic” since the trade agreement between the UK and the EU came into effect.
It said that it has been receiving a lot of enquiries about the subject and that it hopes to be able to deliver to the country again soon.
The Welsh Government has recently expressed concern over the “very low” traffic at Holyhead port, a major hub for transporting goods into Ireland, following the UK’s exit from the EU. Minister for Transport and North Wales Ken Skates said that contingency plans for queuing at the port would be scaled back over the coming weeks.
The new regime is starting to impact Welsh traders and the lager firm made the announcement when it was asked on Twitter if it still delivered to Ireland by Alexander William McLoughlin.
Wrexham Lager responded: “Hi Alexander. We have received a lot of enquiries of late from Republic of Ireland & we have been finalising what we sadly have to say; since Brexit has been announced prices have become unrealistic. Sorry. We hope to again soon.”
The deal signed by Boris Johnson’s Tory government means firms going through the Welsh port have to deal with filling in forms and exporters going through it to transport goods into Ireland.
There have been reports of exporters bypassing Holyhead altogether by taking goods from the continent straight to Rosslare Harbour so they can avoid dealing with the layer of new bureaucracy.
It has seen a six-fold increase in business thanks to Brexit, and last week Rosslare received a new vessel from the ferry operator Stena which had been reassigned from the Belfast-Birkenhead route.
Wrexham Lager, which was created in 1882 by German immigrants, was the first chilled beer in the UK.
The iconic Welsh beer quickly gained popularity and was even served on the Titanic which sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on its maiden voyage.
The brewery itself sank in 2002 but it was resurrected in 2011 by the Roberts family and Ian Dale, the former head brewer at Wrexham Lager, and production of the historic tipple was revived. The company now supplies hundreds of pubs across the north of Wales, the north-west of England and beyond.