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Rotten meat, empty supermarkets: now the British are feeling the effects of Brexit


These days it is becoming clear for Great Britain what the exit from the EU means: Food is rotting at the borders - and supermarket shelves are emptying in Northern Ireland.

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Tesco supermarket in Belfast: Less and less on the shelves

Photo: Charles McQuillan / Getty Images

Brexit can be unsavory.

These days people will have to open the doors of a truck full of pigs' heads that has been stuck in the port of Rotterdam for more than two weeks.

And then pull out the decaying remains - to destroy them.

The pig's head drama begins on day one after the completion of Brexit.

On January 1st, the truck of the London meat trader DH Foods arrives by ship in the port of Rotterdam.

A few hours earlier, the driver could have stepped on the gas immediately, when Great Britain was still in the EU internal market and customs union.

But now the Dutch inspectors are demanding health certificates.

And when they discover that the pig's heads have not been checked for trichinae - this is not a must in England in certain cases - they refuse the truck to continue driving.

From then on, the car stands still while the load rots inside.

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Checkpoints in the port of Calais: the post-Brexit bureaucracy makes life difficult for freight forwarders

Photo: Michel Spingler / AP

It is not an isolated incident.

More than 120 trucks with British meat products and lard have been stopped in Rotterdam alone since the beginning of the year because they could not produce the necessary papers.

Many of them are still on the port site, complains David Lindars, Technical Director of the British Meat Processors Association, in an interview with SPIEGEL: “We fear that the goods will spoil.

It's bizarre. "

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Source: spiegel

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