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British drivers have sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border

British drivers arriving by ferry from the UK have had their ham sandwiches confiscated. Customs officers have had to explain to drivers at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal that personal imports of meat and dairy products were banned under the Brexit deal. This means they are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.

It came as MEPs on the European Parliament’s committee on international trade began to examine the last minute UK-EU deal that was thrashed out on Christmas Eve.

Rapporteur Christophe Hansen welcomed the fact there were no tariffs and no quotas but he would have liked a “somewhat broader scope” on financial services, which were not covered in the agreement but he hoped could be included in the memorandum of understanding that has still to be negotiated my March.

According to, Dublin MEP Barry Andrews said most of the problems that had come up in Ireland in the past few days had related to rules of origin with products travelling through the UK and were causing “quite a problem”.

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