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Why A Brexit Sausage War Risks Overshadowing The Entire G7 Summit

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FALMOUTH — It’s meant to be the week Boris Johnson resets the relations with the US and establishes the UK as a key player in the post-Brexit world of Covid recovery.

But the prime minister is struggling to move the conversation away from the so-called “sausage war” that he has sparked with the EU.

The row dominated the headlines in the run-up to his first ever face-to-face meeting with Joe Biden, although No.10 claimed those talks ended on Thursday with the pair in “complete harmony”.

But with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the European Commission and European Council all arriving in Cornwall for the G7 summit, the issue is not going to go away.

Here’s everything you need to know about the sausage squabble that’s threatening to overshadow the summit in Carbis Bay:

What is the Brexit sausage war?

One of the key Brexit deals negotiated by Johnson and now-senior minister Lord Frost – the Northern Ireland protocol – created a special status for the nation so it could keep an invisible border with the Republic of Ireland and preserve peace on the island.

To do this, Northern Ireland remains a de facto member of the European single market when it comes to goods – but that means checks are required on goods entering the region from the rest of the UK,........

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