UPDATE 1-Britain expects agreement soon to ease EU ‘sausage row’


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LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – Britain expects to achieve settlement quickly with the European Union on extending exemptions on customs checks on chilled meat shipments to Northern Eire, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned on Tuesday, easing the so-called post-Brexit “sausage row”.

Britain has referred to as for the extension to permit extra time for the 2 sides to discover a long-term answer to the commerce difficulties over Northern Eire, which has confronted disruption since London accomplished its exit from the European Union.

Dubbed the “sausage row” as a result of the customs checks may have stopped supply of British sausages and different chilled meats from Britain, the most recent row between the 2 sides has finished little to enhance already strained ties.

“We anticipate to agree an extension to the chilled meats grace interval quickly on phrases which are acceptable to the UK and can announce additional particulars within the common approach,” the spokesman mentioned.

Underneath the Brexit deal, Britain signed as much as the Northern Eire protocol, which primarily retains the British province in a customs union with the EU whereas the remainder of Britain is now outdoors it.

To cease items coming into the EU’s single market by way of the backdoor throughout the land border between Northern Eire and EU member Eire, Brussels has repeatedly referred to as on London to introduce customs checks on varied merchandise crossing the Irish Sea as promised within the protocol.

However with disruption to the supply of some merchandise angering some unionists in Northern Eire, Britain imposed a grace interval till the top of this month to keep away from the checks in what it mentioned would defend the 1998 peace deal.

The Belfast or Good Friday Settlement, ended three many years of violence between principally Catholic nationalists preventing for a united Eire and principally Protestant unionists, or loyalists, who need Northern Eire to remain a part of the UK.

One other extension to that grace interval will not be seen as a closing answer to the issue, however provides the 2 sides extra time to discover a everlasting repair. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Modifying by Kate Holton and Angus MacSwan)



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