Dutch border officials confiscate ham sandwiches from lorry drivers: ‘Welcome to the Brexit’


utch border guards have confiscated ham sandwiches and other foods from UK lorry drivers.

Dutch TV network NPO 1 filmed officials explaining to drivers that travellers from outside the EU are banned from bringing in meat and dairy.

Drivers were told that the move was due to Brexit, the BBC reported.

“Since Brexit, you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff,” one border guard told drivers.

In one instance of sandwich confiscation, a surprised sounding driver asked if he could at least keep the bread.

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Drivers were told that the move was due to Brexit

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Drivers were told that the move was due to Brexit


The border guard replies: “No, everything will be confiscated – welcome to the Brexit, sir. I’m sorry.”

The UK Government’s own guidance warns lorry drivers of “additional restrictions” around imports.

“You cannot bring POAO (products of an animal origin) such as those containing meat or dairy (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU”, the guidance says.

“There are exceptions to this rule for certain quantities of powdered infant milk, infant food, special foods, or special processed pet feed.”

The European Commission’s website says that the ban is needed in order to protect European animal health from “dangerous pathogens” such as Foot and Mouth Disease and classical swine fever.

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