UK expects deal soon to ease ‘sausage war’ with EU

LONDONJun 29 – The UK hopes to reach an agreement soon with the European Union on extending exemptions to customs controls on shipments of chilled meat to Northern Ireland, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Tuesday, easing the call. “Sausage war.”

London called for the extension to give the two sides more time to find a long-term solution to the trade difficulties over Northern Ireland, which has been disrupted since Britain’s departure from the EU.

Dubbed the “sausage war” because customs checks could have halted delivery of British sausages and other UK frozen meats, the latest tug-of-war between the two sides has done little to improve already strained ties.

“We hope to agree soon an extension of the grace period for chilled meats on terms that are acceptable to the UK and we will announce further details in the usual way,” the spokesperson said.

Under the Brexit deal, the UK has joined the Northern Ireland protocol, which essentially keeps the British province in a customs union with the EU, while the rest of the country is out.

To prevent the entry of goods into the EU single market through the back door of the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland EU memberBrussels has repeatedly asked London to introduce customs controls on various products crossing the Irish Sea, as promised in the protocol.

However, as the disruption in the delivery of some products angered some sectors in Northern Ireland, London imposed a grace period until the end of the month to avoid controls and try to protect the 1998 peace agreement.

The Belfast or Good Friday Agreement ended three decades of violence among nationalists mostly catholic fighting for a united Ireland and unionists or loyalists mostly Protestant who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the UK.