You imagine, a english breakfast (English breakfast) without grilled sausages to dip in its fried eggs and baked beans (cooked beans)? The Northern Irish have come close to being deprived of these sacrosanct English meats. The British government announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with the European Union in the “Sausage war”.It aims to postpone for three months, until the end of September, the implementation of certain post-Brexit measures for Northern Ireland. This nation of the United Kingdom has been separated from the rest of Great Britain since Brexit and the Northern Irish Protocol. Among these measures is the one which, as of July 1, was preparing to prevent Great Britain from supplying Northern Irish supermarkets with processed raw meat products. Indeed, European legislation prohibits the import of fresh raw meat products from countries outside the European Union (unless they are frozen at -18 ° C). Concluded following strong tensions between London and Brussels on the subject, this agreement will allow Great Britain to continue to ship refrigerated meat, such as English sausages, to the British province.
“We are delighted that we were able to achieve a reasonable extension for chilled meat sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland” Brexit Secretary of State David Frost said in a statement. “It’s a positive first step but we still have to find a permanent solution”car “Northern Ireland is an integral part of the UK and its consumers should be able to enjoy products bought in Britain for years to come” .
For its part, the EU has insisted that this agreement is “temporary”and is accompanied by “Strong conditions”. “We do not give a blank check” , warned the Vice-President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic.
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Difficulties of the Northern Irish protocol
Difficult to negotiate as part of the Brexit agreement and effective since January 1, the northern irish protocol de facto maintains the British province in the single European market and customs union for goods, by providing for customs controls on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Great Britain, separated by sea.
The tensions between London and Brussels mainly concerned the entry into force, initially scheduled for Thursday, of measures preventing the shipment of chilled meat from the island of Great Britain, as is the case for countries not belonging to not to the EU. Brussels accused London of not respecting the commitments made, and the British criticized the Europeans for being too “Purists”in the application of the rules. The objective of the protocol is to prevent checks from taking place between the province and the Republic of Ireland, in the south, and thus prevent the reestablishment of a hard border between the two territories which could jeopardize the peace in Northern Ireland, after three decades of bloody violence.