Brexit: Driver's 'illegal' ham sandwiches seized at Dutch border under European Union rules

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2021

'Welcome to the Brexit, sir, ' one of the officers says mockingly in the video of the incident, as the driver pleads: 'Can you take the meat and leave me the bread?'

Dutch border guards have been filmed confiscating sandwiches and other food items from bemused British drivers arriving in the country.

A Dutch TV clip showed a driver having his foodstuffs seized on arrival to the Netherlands from the UK.

As per the official guidelines and the advice leaflets being handed over, if the drivers fail to declare possession of these sandwiches, or any other meat and dairy product, they could bear a fine or even criminal prosecution.

"Now look, at this moment the volumes, like you saw, we're pretty small this morning - 30 cars", Rien de Ruijter, Customs team leader told the TV channel.

"Since Brexit you are [no longer allowed] certain foods to Europe, ' one border official at the Hook of Holland sea port explained to the Netherlands" NPO television.

When the driver - coming off the ferry from Britain - asks the officials whether he could keep the bread of his ham sandwiches wrapped in tinfoil, the official is heard saying: 'No, everything will be confiscated - welcome to the Brexit, sir.

Drivers cannot say they were not warned: the British government in December gave the example of ham and cheese sandwiches as food that could not cross to the continent after Britain formally abandoned European Union trade rules on 1 January.

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It is as of yet unknown what happened to the ham sandwiches.

But the official was merely acting on new rules that came into force after the post-Brexit United Kingdom stopped using European Union regulations on January 1.

Lettuce, cauliflower packs, oranges, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are among the fresh produce to be listed as "out of stock" on Tesco's website.

The post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the European Union late previous year meant that workers from some professions would be able to continue to travel on business without the need to apply for a visa for such a trip.

Earlier, Dutch retailer Dutch Bike Bits said it will no longer ship to the United Kingdom because Britain is asking overseas firms to apply and collect British taxes on behalf of the British government when selling to United Kingdom customers.

The EU would not permit meat, meat items, milk or dairy solutions to be introduced in from worldwide locations outdoors the union for "individual usage".

This is discredited by The Independent's source, who told the publication: "The UK refused to agree because they said they were ending freedom of movement".

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