The Royal British Legion will reportedly no longer sell poppies to help veterans the European Union due to post-Brexit bureaucracy.
The charity, which supports members of the British Armed Forces and veterans, has emailed its supporters last week. The members should “stop sales to customers in EU countries” for the foreseeable future until Brexit legislation is reviewed.
The newspaper reported that after the UK left the EU customs union on January 1, shipping hashish abroad could not justify the expenses, including customs duties.
IIn October and November, people wear for Armistice Day. The charity officially sells them to raise money for members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families.
It also sells a range of poppy jewellery, clothing and accessories through its online Poppy Shop. The i said it has seen a copy of the email sent to supporters.
A government spokesperson said: “We are focused on supporting UK organisations as they adjust to our new trading relationship with the EU.
Effects on Veterans
“The work of The Royal British Legion and the money they raise through their annual poppy appeal is incredibly important and we will engage with them to ensure they get the support they need to operate in the EU.”
Businesses have faced tough new rules following Britain’s severing of ties with the EU. Retailers, fishermen, and fresh food companies have complained the new measures are delaying deliveries. These, in turn, increase their costs due to the extra customs checks and paperwork.
London and Brussels are currently locked in a battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol. This move came after the unilateral action taken by the British government earlier this year to apply an extension to a transition period.
The action was aimed to try and help goods move more easily between Northern Ireland and the UK. In early 2021, due to exporting and importing problems supermarket shelves in Northern Ireland were stripped bare.