Wednesday, February 24, 2021

London is threatening Brussels with a “water war” over a ban on mussel imports into the EU



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In response to Brussels’ decision to block supplies of British mussels and crabs, London may declare a “water war” under the Brexit agreements, writes The Daily Telegraph.

Imports of European mineral water and certain foods into the United Kingdom may be restricted as a result of retaliatory measures considered by London over Brussels’ refusal to end the blockade on exports of British shellfish, Focus reported.

As the newspaper notes, British ministers are currently considering proposals called “water wars”. These proposals could lead the UK to terminate several Brexit agreements agreed with the EU.

Senior government sources have revealed possible restrictions on imports of mineral water and seed potatoes, with the EU earlier receiving an interim agreement by the end of June.

Addressing Brussels with a warning, a source from the British government said: “We are considering where else we can influence. We have continuity agreements … we can terminate them, which means they won’t be able to sell their products here. “

Discussions on mirror measures began earlier this month after the European Commission announced that a ban on imports of live oysters, molluscs and mussels from British Class B waters would become permanent, as the UK is now on the list of third countries. …

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was personally outraged by this move, which surprised the authorities in the United Kingdom, as the decision of Brussels, according to officials, contradicts the earlier assurances of the European Commission, writes The Daily Telegraph.





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