EU, UK agree on temporary deal, allowing chilled meats into Northern Ireland

EU Parliament Plenary session [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

The EU and Britain have announced a temporary deal that will allow uncooked meats to flow into Northern Ireland for an extra three months alongside a number of other post-Brexit changes, the Irish Times has reported.

Chilled meats cannot be imported into the EU’s single market from places outside the EU that do not have the same rules. Northern Ireland is still in the EU’s single market under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a grace period that was set to end by month’s end.

However, on Wednesday, EU and UK authorities announced the agreement would be extended until 30 September, and the European Commission announced a series of measures to ease other aspects of the protocol.

“We are not issuing a blank cheque. This solution is of a temporary nature, to which strong conditions are attached,” European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told journalists.

The EU also allowed changes that would make the movement of animals easier between Northern Ireland and the UK and an exception for Northern Ireland to allow for medicines to continue to be seamlessly distributed from the UK. Irish Prime minister Micheal Martin called the changes “welcome news.”

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