Dutch cops laugh and say 'Welcome to Brexit' as they confiscate Brit truck driver's ham sandwiches over new import rules

DUTCH police officers have been filmed laughing at a British truck driver as they confiscated his ham sandwiches at the border.

An officer at the Hook of Holland seaport can be heard mockingly saying "Welcome to Brexit, sir" as new rules mean that Brits are barred from bringing personal imports of meat into the EU.

Dutch TV news aired footage of customs officers wearing hi-vis jackets taking the ham sandwiches away from drivers arriving by ferry.

The bemused Brit attempted to meet in the middle, asking if he could keep the bread from his tinfoil-wrapped sandwiches, but the officer replied: “No, everything will be confiscated.

"Welcome to Brexit, sir, I’m sorry.”

Another border official at the Hook of Holland seaport went on to explain the new rules to the Netherlands' NPO television.

The EU doesn't allow meat, meat products, milk or dairy products to be brought in from countries outside the union for "personal consumption." 

And now that Britain left the EU on January 1, the rules now apply to people crossing the Channel.

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs say that travellers should "use, consume, or dispose of" prohibited items at or before the border.

According to the European Commission, the ban is necessary because meat and dairy products can contain pathogens causing animal diseases, which"continue to present a real threat to animal health throughout the union."

In the clip, the officers can be seen rummaging through people's vehicles and confiscating any food they find.

A spokesperson for the British Meat processors Association said: "At the end of the day the rules are the rules now that we are a third country to the EU."

However, they said that the Dutch had little to worry about on the standards of British produce, adding: "our status on pigs, sheep and cattle is at a very high standard."

Cabinet minister Michael Gove has already warned that problems at ports are likely to get worse, saying: "In the weeks ahead, we expect there will be significant additional disruption."

There have already been problems since Britain left the bloc on January 1 – including food shortages in supermarkets.


Yesterday, Ocado warned customers that there could be an increase in "missing items" on deliveries.

In an email to regular customers, the grocery retailer said: "Changes to the UK supply chain have affected some of our suppliers and may result in an increase in missing items and substitutions over the next few weeks.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we are working to mitigate any impact."

Last week, British expats were wrongly barred from boarding a BA flight to Spain after airline staff claimed their ID documents were no longer valid after Brexit.

The travellers, who live in Spain, were stopped from getting on the plane to Madrid from London Heathrow after staff told them their papers had expired.

Nine Brits were caught up in the ordeal on January 2 – just one day after Brexit rules came into force.

However, both British and Spanish governments had previously agreed that both green residence certificates and the new documentation, the TIE, along with valid passports, would be sufficient to travel back to Spain.

Britain finally became an independent nation after years of legal wrangles on January 1.

Boris Johnson's last-minute deal allows us to trade freely with the bloc without tariffs or quotas.

Under the pact, Brits will be able to travel across Europe without a visa for up to six months in a year, and a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

People in the UK should have at least six months left on their passport before they travel, as already advised by the Government.

Then from next year – 2022 – Brits will also have to stump up for a visa-waiver scheme to visit many countries in the EU.

The fee for that hasn't been decided yet – but it'll cover three-year periods and allow people to enter the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within any 180-day period.

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