Marks & Spencer has withdrawn the Christmas Food to Order service from its shops in the Republic of Ireland, due to ongoing supply issues caused by Brexit.
In notices on social media, the company said: “Given the current challenges in the food industry, there was too much risk that we could potentially let customers down with key items in their orders ahead of the all-important day - we’d never want to do that.”
A spokesperson for the UK-based retailer said the decision was due to “the complex checks and delays resulting from Brexit.”
Previously, M&S opened its online orders for Christmas food in September, with customers paying a deposit on ordering and the balance on collection, at pre-booked time slots.
But the company still hopes to have a full range of seasonal food items available to purchase in-store in the Republic. “Customers in Ireland will be able to get all their festive treats from our Foodhall.”