Brexit: UK gives EU two weeks to change Northern Ireland deal or new ‘approach’ will follow

It insists the longer grace period must be used to arrange for retailers to obtain meats from the Republic of Ireland, as agreed in the Protocol.

But Mr Lewis insisted “a permanent solution” to allow sausages to continue to be sold across the Irish Sea must be found by the autumn.

The EU is urging the UK to agree a Swiss-style veterinary agreement – which might avoid the ban – but Lord Frost dismissed the proposal as “a non-starter”.

The minister denied he was setting a new deadline, but said: “All options remain on the table for us.

“We’re considering our next steps, we’re discussing with all those with an interest and I can say today that we will set out our approach to Parliament in a considered way on these questions before the summer recess.”–167558072/

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