Britain wants to win sausage war while EU prepares to give British bangers Northern Ireland relief

Britain wants to win sausage war while EU prepares to give British bangers an exemption from meat rules for breaking stalemate over Northern Ireland protocol

  • British products provide for an exemption from the block’s rules for goods from third countries
  • Two sides in quarrels over a ban on chilled exports crossing the Irish Sea
  • The plan had to be signed by the EU27 before it came into force.


The EU seemed ready to surrender Northern Ireland’s sausage war today as Brussels sought to ease the tense series on post-Brexit trade.

British products entering Ulster will be exempted from the bloc’s rules on goods from third countries under plans expected to be unveiled by the European Commission next week.

The two sides have been embroiled in controversy this year over a ban on chilled exports crossing the Irish Sea, caused by Northern Ireland’s special trade status after Brexit.

Britain is trying to have the broader Northern Ireland Protocol rewritten to ease trade in goods and the resulting social tensions, something the EU refuses to do.

However, reports from Brussels today suggest that Brexit Commissioner Maros Sefcovic is preparing to unveil EU plans next week, which will include a ‘national identity’ exemption for UK products.

The plan had to be signed by the EU27 before it came into force.

Reports from Brussels today indicated that Brexit Commissioner Maros Sefcovic is preparing to unveil EU plans next week, which will include a 'national identity' exemption for UK products.

Reports from Brussels today indicated that Brexit Commissioner Maros Sefcovic is preparing to unveil EU plans next week, which will include a ‘national identity’ exemption for UK products.

The two sides have been embroiled in controversy this year over a ban on the export of chilled meat - including sausages - across the Irish Sea, caused by Northern Ireland's special trade status after Brexit

The two sides have been embroiled in controversy this year over a ban on the export of chilled meat – including sausages – across the Irish Sea, caused by Northern Ireland’s special trade status after Brexit

Jake Sullivan, the president's national security adviser, said the White House had significant concerns about Britain's plans to unilaterally suspend Northern Ireland's protocol before Christmas.

Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, said the White House had significant concerns about Britain’s plans to unilaterally suspend Northern Ireland’s protocol before Christmas.

It came as one of Joe Biden’s biggest aides today warned that Boris Johnson’s quarrel with the EU over Northern Ireland risks creating ‘a serious risk to stability’.

Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, said the White House was “significantly concerned” about British threats to unilaterally suspend Northern Ireland’s protocol before Christmas.

His comments came after Brexit minister Lord Frost set a November deadline for a solution to the protocol, warning the EU that Britain ‘can not wait forever’ for border controls to improve.

He said there would be a ‘decision point’ at the beginning of next month where it would be clear whether it was possible for the two sides to agree on a solution to address the ongoing disruption of trade within the UK. .

London has threatened to unilaterally suspend the agreement if Brussels does not agree to scrap the protocol and replace it – something the EU refuses to consider.

Sullivan told the BBC: ‘The US Government, as President Biden said in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Johnson, strongly supports the Good Friday Agreement, believes it should be protected, believes that peace and stability in Northern Ireland should be protected. ‘

London has threatened to unilaterally suspend the agreement if Brussels does not agree to scrap the protocol and replace it after it caused problems and social unrest in Northern Ireland

London has threatened to unilaterally suspend the agreement if Brussels does not agree to scrap the protocol and replace it after it caused problems and social unrest in Northern Ireland

‘The Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed between the EU and the UK, and our view is that the two sides must work together in a constructive way to find an agreement and a way forward.

‘Without something like the Northern Ireland Protocol and with the possibility of the return of a hard border between the NI and the Republic of Ireland, we will have a serious risk to stability and to the sanctity of the Good Friday Agreement, and that is of significant concern to the United States. ‘

However, the government is likely to intercept his speech on the ‘something like’ protocol as a tacit suggestion that an appropriate alternative might be acceptable to the Biden administration.

The government has repeatedly threatened to trigger Article 16 of the protocol, which would allow Britain to unilaterally deviate from some of the rules.

However, such a move would trigger a furious reaction in Brussels and likely lead to a legal challenge.

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