More dough for Brexit bread
Half of the flour used by Irish bakers is milled on the island of Ireland in just three big flour mills, two in Belfast and one in Portarlington. The Belfast mills export 60% of their output to the south and overall the Republic takes 80% of its flour from the UK. Under WTO rules the EU Common External Tariff (CET) on flour would be 65% which would be untenable in business terms according to the quaintly named National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM). However, even the disruption of supply chains in sourcing flour elsewhere in the EU could put 10c on the price of a loaf, NABIM director Alex Waugh told Irish media.