Brexit: EU's 'peculiar' law criticised by Eustice
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Speaking today, the Prime Minister’s spokesman claimed solutions were urgently needed in order to fix issues with the protocol. In particular, No10 attacked the EU’s stance over the exports of chilled meats from the UK to the continent. With tensions remaining high, No10 called on the EU to “show common” sense and pragmatism.
Speaking today, they said: “There is no case whatsoever for preventing chilled meats from being sold in Northern Ireland.
“Any ban would be contrary to the aims of the Protocol and the interests of the people of Northern Ireland.
“We think an urgent solution needs to be found. The Protocol was a compromise.
“We didn’t expect the EU to take a purist approach when implementing it.
“We are working very hard to try to resolve these issues consensually.
“The Prime Minister has always made clear we will consider all our options in meeting our responsibility to sustain peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.
“We hope that the EU will show the common sense and pragmatism needed to make progress.”
Post-Brexit, the UK and EU agreed to an amnesty period for chilled meats.
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Commenting on the ban on British chilled meats, George Eustice Environment Secretary, claimed it was a nonsensical move by the EU.
He said: “I suspect it links to some kind of perception that they can’t really trust any country other than an EU country to make sausages.
“I think that’s a nonsense. I think we’ve got a very good sausage industry in this country, we’ve got the highest standards of food hygiene in the world.”
That amnesty period runs until the end of this month and as of yet, the two sides have not come to a compromise which would mean products such as sausages may be banned.
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UK officials are now considering extending the amnesty period for chilled meats past June.
However, the EU has warned if the UK takes the unilateral move to extend the amnesty, there will be a swift response.
The grace period also applies to chilled meats moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the UK’s possible move to extend the period, EU Vice Commission Maros Sefcovic warned Brussels will take serious action.
Writing for The Daily Telegraph, he said: “If the UK takes further unilateral action over the coming weeks, the EU will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the UK abides by its international law obligations.”
Earlier this year, the UK made the move to extend the grace period for goods until October.
Due to this, the EU has begun legal proceedings against the UK for breaking an international agreement.
The two sides will meet on Wednesday to discuss issues and it is thought the EU will drop checks on medicines moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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