Friday, February 26, 2021

Meat has strengthened the division between Northern Ireland and Britain


The new rules for the supply of meat products from England, Scotland and Wales to Northern Ireland came into force today. This happened two months after Britain left the single market of the European Union, DPA reported.

Meat products, including minced meat and sausages, which are shipped from the three countries to Northern Ireland, must be accompanied by a health certificate for export.

The rule for meat products that came into force today is similar to that applied to other British products, such as some seeds and plants, for which certificates are required from 1 January.

Since the UK left the EU’s economic structures on 31 December 2020, goods moving between the UK and the Community have been subject to customs and veterinary checks under the new trade deal. Checks have also been imposed on some British goods destined for Northern Ireland, as it borders the EU member state.

Fearing that the hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland would create tensions, Britain and the EU decided as part of the Brexit negotiations that Northern Ireland would remain in the EU’s common market. However, this means that the division between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom is growing.

This can be seen from the new rules for meat, which are a consequence of the fact that the EU has strict rules for food entering European countries, notes DPA.

From 1 July, the import of meat products from the rest of the United Kingdom into Northern Ireland may be banned if London does not reach an agreement with the food import and export bloc from the UK to the EU.

There is a six-month grace period during which the movement of food products between Great Britain and Northern Ireland is allowed, as long as there are documents accompanying the products, but it expires in the summer, reminds DPA.



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