Welcome Brexit: Prevent sandwich from crossing border in Holland

Welcome Brexit: Prevent sandwich from crossing border in Holland
After Brexit, the new rules aim to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases to EU territory. | Photo: Getty Images

After the Brexit delivery in force, customs personnel in the Netherlands seized a sandwich and other food to drivers from the UK.

  • The measure follows the application of new rules from the post-Brexit agreement.

This peculiar fact has been recorded on video thanks to Dutch television cameras.

During the images you can see how the customs personnel detain drivers in the pier of the port of Hoek van Holland, near Rotterdam.

“Welcome to Brexit, sir. I’m sorry”says an agent while seizing a sandwich to a driver, a Pole, according to the television channel.

After this fact, the driver asks the official to let him keep at least the meat from your sandwich and keep the bread.

Faced with this request, the customs official responds:

“No, everything will be confiscated.”

The images also show how customs personnel confiscate fish products from another driver.

Brexit leaves a British driver without his sandwich, watch the video here:

Why was the sandwich confiscated?

After Brexit, the new regulations It specifies that it is prohibited to introduce food products containing meat or dairy products into the European Union, even for personal consumption.

What products have been confiscated after Brexit?

Brexit hasn’t just left a British driver without his sandwichIn addition, the new measures prevent the passage of products such as:

  • Oranges
  • Cereals
  • Juices
  • Chicken steaks
  • Tuna cans
  • Milk

These are some products that Dutch customs agents have confiscated these weeks at the terminal from drivers who They were trying to cross the Port of Rotterdam into European territory from the United Kingdom, of which they ceased to be a part on January 1.

Many drivers continue to travel as usual from British territory with his sandwich “for the road”, but they forget about customs and remain at the mercy of laws that apply to third countries, rules that also apply to, for example, Colombia or Mozambique: those of non-European countries, with specific rules and controls.

When did these new measures go into effect?

The new rules, that came into force after the officialization of Brexit this past January 1, have the objective of avoiding the introduction of contagious diseases, since these products can transmit pathogens.

In addition to meat and milk, all derived products are affected by the measure, such as pate, cold cuts, butter or yogurt.

The standard provides exceptions, such as powdered milk and baby food, honey and special food for pets, with a limit of two kilos per person.

The Fish products, fresh or prepared, are authorized, with a limit of up to 20 kg per person. And the pastry items, cookies and candy are exentos.

“All animal products that do not comply with these rules will have to be delivered upon arrival in the EU for official disposal”, under penalty of a fine or criminal proceedings, according to European regulations.

After leaving the European Union on January 31, the United Kingdom left the customs union and the European single market on 31 December at midnight, at the end of a transition period during which the European rules have been applied.

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