Wednesday 30 June 2021 / 5:30 PM Brexit

Labour responds to EU decision on chilled meats

Baroness Jenny Chapman, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Task Force Europe, responding to the EU’s decision to extend the grace period to allow chilled meats to continue to be moved from Britain into Northern Ireland, said:


“An extension to the chilled meats grace period is welcome. Nobody wants to see British products being blocked from entering Northern Ireland. This would be totally unnecessary and only add to current tensions.


“However, Boris Johnson must not waste this extension, the Government must stop playing games and instead use this period to come up with a long-term solution to the flaws in the deal he agreed with the EU.


“It is obvious the UK and EU need to get their heads together in the coming weeks and work out a veterinary standards agreement that will solve this issue, bring long term assurances to the people of Northern Ireland and benefit food exporters across the UK.”