LONDON – It doesn’t take long to find a customs officer inside a car he has just pulled. Not guns, drugs or people smuggling across the border – but a ham sandwich wrapped in tinfoil.
“Welcome to Brexit, sir, excuse me!” Dutch says with Dutch border officer Chuck as he confiscates illegal snack.
Footage broadcast by Dutch TV network NPO1 may seem far-fetched. But the authorities were only working on new rules that came into force after Brexit, using EU rules in the United Kingdom. 1.
Prior to Brexit, Britain was part of the European Union’s “single market”, which allows people, goods, services and money to travel freely around the continent.
In December, the two sides agreed on a new trade deal to replace their old partnership and it came into force earlier this year. Businesses and travelers have since been awakened to the reality that the new system is likely to be severely disrupted.
In the video, the driver traveled from the UK to the Netherlands – still one of the 27 member states of the European Union.
The driver was surprised to see his lunch – “Can’t I just eat meat and leave bread?” He asked in disbelief – but the new rules are clear. The British government’s guidance warns people not to carry their personal belongings “products of animal origin such as meat or dairy,” for example “ham and cheese sandwiches”.
This is because the European Union is concerned that anything imported from the newly departed Britain – which now follows various regulations – “may present a real threat to animal health.”
This is not an isolated incident. The Netherlands Customs Agency posted a picture on Facebook showing a pile of food, including orange juice, cereal and a box of oranges, which it seized from drivers arriving at the ferry port in the city of Hook of Holland is.
But when passengers confiscate their lunch they may be upset, the real effects of Brexit are being felt by businesses.
For a long time, The Office for Budget Responsibility, a government watchdog, says deal negotiations by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are set to weaken the British economy compared to 4 percent if it lived in the European Union.
Already companies are saying that the new border checks have led to confusion and goods have not been allowed to arrive at their destination. Scottish salmon producer John Ross Jr. wrote in an open letter that “it seems like our own government has thrown us into cold Atlantic waters with no lifeboats.”
Brexit has also caused disruption inside Britain. Additional paperwork refers to the delayed and empty supermarket shelves in Northern Ireland, which are part of the UK but treated differently in terms of trade under the new post-Brexit deal.
Some British online retailers have said that they are no longer able to ship to Northern Ireland – even if it is part of the same country.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gov told Sky News last week that “significant additional disruption” is expected to occur in the coming weeks, and the government “needs to double our efforts to complete the necessary paperwork.”