Sausage war just the start! UK still tied to almost 300 hated EU rules –Boris urged to act

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Brexiteers have called for No10 to amend the Brexit deal’s protocol to avoid a hard border because almost 300 of the bloc’s single market rules will continue to wreak havoc on the region. Rules covering everything from sardine marketing, fireworks and bull semen are enforced in Northern Ireland to prevent trade barriers emerging with the Republic. The post-Brexit border fix aligns the province with a total of 290 EU regulations, including red tape over organ donation, cocoa, GMOs, sweetened chestnut puree and products made with cat fur.

Hardline Brexiteers and the DUP have called for the protocol to be scrapped if Boris Johnson is unable to make it work for unionists.

Ex-Brexit minister David Jones told the Telegraph: “We feel that this is too dangerous to the integrity of the Union.”

He warned Northern Ireland would not be able to benefit from swathes of EU red tape being scrapped across the rest of the United Kingdom.

The European Research Group of Brexit-backing Tory MPs voted for the protocol as part of the Brexit deal but have raised issue with it since.

Mr Jones argued that the trading arrangements were designed to be a temporary solution and superseded by a more permanent structure.

“We’ve got part of our country that is being disadvantaged,” he added.

“There is a potentially destabilising impact upon the people of Northern Ireland and the peace process and Belfast agreement.”

Top Brexiteer Nigel Farage called on Prime Minister Mr Johnson to issue Brussels with a notice period before ripping up the treaty.

“This is a mess of Boris’ making – many of us warned him,” the former Brexit Party leader said.

Under the protocol, to avoid a hard border, Northern Ireland essentially remains within the EU’s single market with a number of customs checks on goods shipped from mainland Britain.

Brexit minister Lord Frost has already warned that the red tape is too burdensome and putting the region’s place within the UK at risk.

Unionists have vented fury and Whitehall officials fear if tensions aren’t cooled there could be outbreaks of violence during the upcoming marching season.

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A sausage war was averted after UK and EU officials hinted that a grace period on the bloc’s ban on shipments of British-made chilled meats could be extended.

Despite the ceasefire, the EU Commission has warned it will not entertain a wholesale renegotiation of the protocol.

A spokesman said: “A limited set of EU rules continue to apply in Northern Ireland. The EU and the UK agreed together to this solution.”

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Ireland has blamed Mr Johnson’s Government for burdensome customs controls between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Neale Richmond, Fine Gael’s European affairs spokesman, said: “The extent of these checks is decided by the very hard Brexit pursued by this British Government.

“In order to avoid checks across the border in Ireland, a 300-mile frontier with over 200 crossings, the solution agreed by this British Government with the EU was for some checks at the four ports of entry into Northern Ireland.”

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