Brexit: ‘Sausage conflict’ ceasefire as UK and EU agree three-month extension to grace duration


A deal to keep away from a ban on sausages and different chilled meats shifting from Nice Britain to Northern Eire has been agreed on the remaining minute.

The United Kingdom and EU have introduced an extension to a grace duration permitting their transit around the Irish Sea, hours prior to a ban would have come into power.

London had at one level threatened to unilaterally prolong the grace duration, a transfer which might have prompted retaliation from Brussels in a row that has turn out to be referred to as the “sausage conflict”.

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The dispute over chilled meats is one component of the Northern Eire Protocol that has soured ties in fresh months and provoked protests in Northern Eire.

The Protocol is a key a part of the Brexit deal struck between London and Brussels and is designed to keep away from a troublesome border at the island of Eire.

As a part of the association, Northern Eire stays underneath some EU laws and there are exams on items getting into Northern Eire from Nice Britain.

Shipments of chilled meats from 3rd international locations into the EU’s unmarried marketplace, which Northern Eire successfully stays part of, are banned.

Brexit minister Lord Frost stated the transfer used to be a “sure first step” however a “everlasting answer” used to be wanted, a connection with the truth that the ban on chilled meats will quilt the remainder of the United Kingdom except a long-term repair is agreed.

“Northern Eire is an integral a part of the UK and its customers will have to have the ability to revel in merchandise they’ve purchased from Nice Britain for years,” he stated in a remark.

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“It is a very transparent signal that the Protocol needs to be operated in a realistic and proportionate method.

“The chilled meats factor is just one of an excessively massive collection of issues of the best way the Protocol is lately working, and answers wish to be discovered with the EU to verify it delivers on its authentic objectives: to offer protection to the Belfast (Excellent Friday) Settlement, safeguard Northern Eire’s position in the UK, and give protection to the EU’s unmarried marketplace for items.

“We glance to paintings energetically with the EU to take action.”

The EU’s Maros Sefcovic stated the bloc used to be now not handing out a “clean cheque” via agreeing an extension.

“This answer is of brief nature during which sturdy prerequisites are connected,” the Ecu Fee vice-president stated at a information convention in Brussels.

Mr Sefcovic added that whilst the EU’s stance on imposing the Protocol in complete nonetheless stands, it’ll stay in search of “ingenious answers” within the passion of communities in Northern Eire.

Reacting to the inside track, the Confederation of British Business’s Northern Eire director Angela McGowan stated: “Extension of the chilled meats grace duration is a welcome step ahead. Time will have to now be spent correctly via the United Kingdom and EU to mutually agree workable lasting answers.”

Marketing campaign crew Highest for Britain stated the extension “will best supply brief aid”.

“We wish to safe an EU-UK veterinary association as a long run answer,” leader government Naomi Smith stated.

“The one explanation why the federal government would refuse to do that, is that if their actual objective is to cut back our meals and animal welfare requirements with the intention to safe offers with international locations like the US.”

The settlement got here after the Top Courtroom in Belfast pushed aside a prison problem to the Protocol.


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