Brexit: 'It's harder to work with the EU' says British retailer
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Julianne Ponan vegan snack company has struggled to export products to the European Union following Brexit. One EU state had demanded for the vegan snacks to have animal health certificates which caused products to sit in the warehouse for months. But she is “excited” for non-EU deals which is ordering bigger amounts of the snacks.
Speaking to BBC Panorama, Ms Ponan said: “It’s harder to work with the EU and the amount of opportunity that we have is a lot less for a lot of paperwork.
“There’s absolutely no way you need a health certificate for a vegan product.
“He said, ‘unless this is a brand new thing that’s come in for Malta.'”
Her company placed an order for her product on January 11 but two months later and it is still in the warehouse.
Ms Ponan added: “It’s just insane. It’s just such a waste of time.”
Worker Matt Ford noted: “We would send in single pallet orders into the EU at the moment. With the Middle East, we’re doing multiple pallets.”
While Canada has ordered a 20ft container which Ms Ponan described as “really exciting”.
The couple have since seen a 50 percent rise in their sales.
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It comes as Boris Johnson has suggested that the post-Brexit dispute over chilled meats heading to Northern Ireland from Britain will improve, following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The German leader said she and the Prime Minister discussed the implementation of Brexit’s contentious Northern Ireland protocol, and she expressed optimism that “pragmatic solutions” can be reached.
The two leaders appeared at a joint press conference during Mrs Merkel’s visit to Chequers.
Mr Johnson said: “Imagine if bratwurst could not be moved from Dortmund to Dusseldorf because of the jurisdiction of an international court – you’d think it was absolutely extraordinary. So we have to sort it out.
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“I’m sure, as Angela says, with goodwill and with patience we can sort it out.
“Hopefully, as we said at our bilateral, when it comes to chilled meats the wurst is behind us, as I think Angela said, or maybe I said that.”
The potential prohibition on chilled meats from Great Britain is one result of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has created a series of economic barriers on Irish Sea trade.
The protocol is aimed at avoiding a hard border with Ireland by effectively keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.
Shipments of chilled meats from third countries into the single market are generally banned – a prohibition which will eventually cover the rest of the UK unless a lasting solution is found.
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