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BMPA warns that consumers will be the victims of UK-EU 'sausage wars'

9th Jun 2021 / By Alistair Driver

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that consumers will be the big losers, if the so-called ‘sausage war’ between the UK and the EU is not sensibly resolved. 

As the GB-NI sausage trade found itself of the centre of a huge political row that reaches to the heart of the Brexit process, BMPA chief executive Nick Allen believes both sides will need to compromise on an issue, with crunch talks due to take place today.

The issue has arisen because the EU currently bans imports of products like sausage and mince from third countries due to safety concerns. While the UK is currently unable to export sausages or mince to the rest of the EU, the trade has continued with Northern Ireland under a grace period until the end of June set out in the Northern Ireland protocol.

However, the UK Government has proposed either extending the grace period or putting new permanent arrangements in place to allow the trade to continue, prompting an angry backlash from the EU, which has accused the UK of trying to break its obligations under international law.

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