Brexit news live: the latest EU updates as a truce to avoid the expected ‘sausage war’
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A truce to end an ongoing trade feud between London and Brussels over the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland – dubbed ‘the sausage wars’ – would be on the horizon before the deadline from Thursday.
The anticipation of an extension of the grace period that currently allows these products to flow through the Irish Sea comes as EU post-Brexit negotiator Maros Sefcovic is due to address the media on Wednesday after midday, while the UK is expected to issue a statement.
Elsewhere in Brexit country, the deadline for EU citizens and their families to apply for a Home Office program to ensure they stay in the UK legally is fast approaching.
Despite calls for an extension of the program, which ends today, the government has insisted it will not happen – ignoring a warning from activists on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the backlog of approximately 400,000 cases awaiting a decision.
Brexit minister says it’s not his job to solve musician touring crisis
Brexit Minister David Frost has washed his hands of the crisis, forcing musicians to abandon touring in the EU, despite Boris Johnson’s promise to “fix” the problem.
The chief negotiator asserted that it was not his job to try to find a solution – which should be the responsibility of the culture and transport departments, he said.
Lord Frost also declined to say the crisis will be resolved “this year” – as the UK refuses to reopen talks with Brussels – saying only: “We hope to be able to deliver results.
Tom BatchelorJune 30, 2021 8:39 AM
NI protocol line tested in court
A challenge by trade unionists to the legality of the Northern Ireland protocol is expected to be tested in Belfast High Court later today when the judge delivers his ruling.
The judicial review was initiated by trade unionists across the UK, including former DUP leader Arlene Foster, former UUP leader Steve Aiken, TUV leader Jim Allister, the architect of the Belfast Agreement Lord Trimble, former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib and Baroness Hoey – the former London Labor MP.
The protocol is deeply unpopular with trade unionists because it creates a trade border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
High Court Judge Judge Colton will deliver his ruling on Wednesday.
Tom BatchelorJune 30, 2021 8:26 AM
Northern Ireland voters also divided over post-Brexit protocol, poll finds
Public opinion is “equally divided” in Northern Ireland on the Brexit protocol, suggests a public opinion poll.
The protocol, which introduces new controls on goods arriving in the region from Britain following the UK’s departure from the EU, strongly divides opinions in Stormont.
LucidTalk’s survey for a team of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast found that when asked if the protocol is appropriate for Northern Ireland, 47% agreed, but 47% disagree.
Tom BatchelorJune 30, 2021 8:14 AM
UK, EU close to truce in sausage war
A deal to end the post-Brexit ban on sausages and other chilled meats transferred from Britain to Northern Ireland is expected to be announced at the eleventh hour.
The ban on chilled meats, including minced meats and sausages, is one element of the contentious Northern Ireland protocol, which erects economic trade barriers in the Irish Sea.
The new three-month extension is expected to be signed shortly and will allow shipments of meat products to continue.
Tom BatchelorJune 30, 2021 8:02 AM
Thousands could be stripped of their rights in the race for the Home Office settlement program
Thousands of EU citizens could be stripped of their rights in the UK as frantic last-minute efforts to apply for settlement status have been hampered by the blocking of Home Office hotlines , website delays and overwhelmed advisers turning down applicants, lawyers warn.
Ministers have been accused of “risking a terrible injustice” by refusing to extend the June 30 deadline for registering with the EU regulation, as experts said many people would not apply on time. due to difficulties in accessing help.
Tom BatchelorJune 30, 2021 7:51 AM
Hello and welcome to The independentCoverage of Brexit and UK politics continues on Wednesday as the deadlines for the EU citizens’ settlement scheme in the UK and NI’s commercial grace period loom.
Tom BatchelorJune 30, 2021 7:50 AM