‘EU being cruel!’ Furious radio host blasts Brussels for breaking terms of Brexit deal
Brexit: Dolan brands Dutch officials ‘cruel’ over sandwich debate
Brussels is trying to punish Britain out of revenge for Brexit, according to talkRADIO host Mark Dolan. He commented that the “vindictive” treatment of British exports and even drivers proved that the European Union was “being cruel”. This comes after Dutch customs officers started confiscating ham and cheese sandwiches from British drivers trying to cross the border.
There have also been growing reports of fishing businesses struggling to get their goods to mainland Europe.
Mr Dolan told listeners: “It’s cruel, it is churlish it’s also not the spirit of the deal that was negotiated between the UK and the EU.”
Robert Hardman, a Daily Mail columnist, predicted that EU businesses will pressure political figures to “resolve the tensions and frictions”.
He told Mr Dolan: “Just as Cornish fishermen are exasperated that they can’t get their fish to France, so French restaurants want that fish.”
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He added: “We will find a way. If the bureaucrats in the middle are difficult about it, it will make it harder.
“It will lead to bad blood, with needless imposition of very strict rules.”
Last week, Dutch TV news aired footage of customs officers confiscating ham sandwiches from drivers arriving by ferry from the UK under post-Brexit rules banning personal imports of meat and dairy products into the EU.
Officials wearing high-visibility jackets are shown explaining to visibly stunned car and lorry drivers that since Brexit, “you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff”.
During the exchange, one customs officer told a driver: “Everything will be confiscated. Welcome to the Brexit, sir, I’m sorry.”
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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed that travellers should “use, consume, or dispose of” prohibited items at or before the border.
Brexiteers have since accused the EU of “deliberately” breaking the Brexit trade deal and trying to delay British exports on the European mainland.
Tory MP Anthony Mangnall suggested this week exports were being “deliberately delayed” on the European mainland.
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In the Commons last week, Mr Mangnall told Environment Secretary George Eustice the EU was trying to punish Britain.
He said delays are “completely against the UK-EU trade deal” and were crippling British exports, including fisheries.
The MP later tweeted: “Am increasingly concerned by the extreme behaviour shown by EU customs agents.
“I have heard about a gun being drawn on one driver for not having documentation for empty boxes in his van.”
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