Tak­ing a pasty to France as a snack after No Deal? Smug­gler!

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis -

BRI­TISH tourists will be banned from tak­ing pork pies, sausage rolls, pasties and other tra­di­tional snacks when they go on hol­i­day to Europe un­der a No Deal Brexit.

EU of­fi­cials warned yes­ter­day it would be il­le­gal for them to board planes, Eurostar trains or fer­ries to the Con­ti­nent with any an­i­mal-based food in their lug­gage.

The news will also be a blow to traders sell­ing ar­ti­san pro­duce to tourists around St Pan­cras sta­tion in Lon­don be­fore they re­turn home on the Eurostar.

Fort­num & Ma­son, which sells a wide range of tra­di­tional Bri­tish fare, has a branch there, while the Neal’s Yard en­clave of ar­ti­san shops is nearby.

EU of­fi­cials said Bri­tons faced ex­tra lug­gage checks and could be ar­rested if they try to ‘smug­gle’ il­le­gal food bought in Bri­tain to the Con­ti­nent.

In a No Deal sce­nario Bri­tain would leave the EU’s cus­toms union.

Un­der EU rules, all an­i­mal prod­ucts from other coun­tries are sub­ject to checks.

A Brus­sels of­fi­cial said: ‘That’s the end of that. Be­com­ing a third coun­try is a bru­tal change. The rea­son is, you can bring se­ri­ous dis­eases into the EU by bring­ing these prod­ucts in.’

Once Bri­tain leaves, fresh meat, cheese, game, poul­try, fish, shell­fish, pet food, milk, eggs, honey, bone prod­ucts and gela­tine would all be on an EU black­list of banned prod­ucts.

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