An insider claimed the “sausage wars” were over as they admitted Lord Frost and the EU’s Maroš Šefčovič had reached an agreement on once again delaying the introduction of customs checks. It means fears of difficulties to ship pigs in blankets and other festive favourites to Northern Ireland around Christmas have likely been avoided.
Under the terms of the Protocol, agreed as part of the 2019 Brexit withdrawal agreement, chilled meats are banned from being shipped from Britain to Northern Ireland.
When the protocol came into force at the start of this year, a six month grace period was put in place on the introduction of the ban on chilled meats.
However, Britons have hit back and called for the Government to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol and implement Article 16.
One Express.co.uk reader commented: “Kicking the can down the road yet again.
“For goodness sake, implement Article 16 and get this sorted once and for all.”
Another person echoed: “This is not over.
“All that’s happening is it is being kicked down the road – again!”
Another reader reacted: “Someone should write a song about the EU’s tactic of kicking the can down the road.
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“What a joke.
“Get real and got to WTO and stop taking us for fools.”
A fifth person added: “We have not won anything.
“Scrap the dreadful deals and go WTO.”
Another branded the delay “pathetic” and said it is time to “sort this out”.
They said: “Pathetic! All you have done is kick the can further down the road.
“The time to sort this out is now.
“The NIP and WA should never have been signed.
“WTO was always the better option than this Brino situation.”
In June, Britain demanded a delay to the implementation of the bureaucratic checks – warning it would lead to supply shortages in Northern Ireland.
Lord Frost argued the UK’s internal market was being hampered by the Protocol and threatened to take unilateral action to suspend customs checks.
Brussels agreed to a request for a three-month delay to allow time for a more permanent solution to be found.
But with less than four weeks until the end of this period, no agreement has been reached.
The EU is understood to have once again suspended the introduction of the checks to provide more time for talks.