Sausage War Ceasefire: EU agrees to extend chilled meat grace period


UK residents in Northern Ireland will continue to purchase British sausages

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The government has announced that sausages and other chilled meats from Great Britain, which would otherwise be prohibited in Northern Ireland, will continue to move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after the UK and the EU agreed to extend a grace period in the rules to allow this until 30 September 2021.

UK residents in Northern Ireland will continue to be able to purchase sausages from Great Britain and GB News understands that further discussions about a permanent solution are continuing.

Cabinet Minister Lord Frost said: “This is a positive first step but we still need to agree a permanent solution - Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom and its consumers should be able to enjoy products they have bought from Great Britain for years"

Government sources say the Northern Ireland Protocol is "continuing to cause disruption in a number of areas" beyond just chilled meats, including medicines and goods movements.

Speaking to GB News, leading Brexit campaigner Baroness Hoey said a recent course case suggested the Norther Ireland protocol had broken part of the Act of Union.