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Dutch Officials Say 'Welcome To Brexit' As They Take Driver's Ham Sandwich

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Dutch Officials Say 'Welcome To Brexit' As They Take Driver's Ham Sandwich

Dutch officials joked: "Welcome to the Brexit," as they confiscated a British lorry driver's ham sarnies in accordance with the post-Brexit import rules:


The clip aired on TV in the Netherlands and showed the border staff taking the man's butties as the EU forbids meat, meat products, milk or dairy products to be brought in for 'personal consumption'.

The driver can be heard asking whether they can take the meat and leave him with the bread but they refused.


With the UK now leaving the EU, lorry drivers will now have to buy food in whatever country they're travelling to - instead of bringing it from home.

RIP ham butties. Credit: Avrotros
RIP ham butties. Credit: Avrotros

Footage shows the officials rooting through vehicles and holding any food from inside for it to be confiscated.

It hasn't gone down too well with some people who have slammed the move as 'pathetic nit-picking'.


Andrew Bridgen MP told MailOnline: "The whole story smacks of one sandwich short of a picnic, literally. As the Dutch know as well as everyone else in the EU we have the highest food standards in Europe.

"Is this is going to be the way it is then? Are they really going to go through a lorry driver's lunchbox going through customs, for something that is causing any danger?

"We need to talk to the European Union about what is really quite pathetic nit-picking. Otherwise this will not be good for the Dutch ports, hauliers will go somewhere else."

Credit: Arvotros
Credit: Arvotros

Guidance from for drivers travelling to EU countries states: "From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to bring POAO (products of an animal origin) such as those containing meat or dairy (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU."

As of 11pm on 31 December, the UK officially left the European Union. A deal was finally secured between the UK and the EU in last-minute talks on Christmas Eve, following years of negotiations.

Previously, UK nationals were usually able to travel to and live in EU countries without a visa, it is now only for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

You'll also need at least six months remaining on your passport - except for trips to Ireland. As usual, you're advised to get travel insurance with health cover and free roaming on your phone is no longer guaranteed. European Health Insurance Cards, (EHIC) cards will be valid until they expire.


It also means that when you do fly abroad, you'll be in the non-EU country queue - fun times.

Featured Image Credit: Avrotros

Topics: News, brexit

Rebecca Shepherd
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