EU tries to loosen Brexit deadlock with colour-coded plan for Swiss-style deal

Brussels lays out options for avoiding checks on food entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain

All Brexit border checks on food, including chilled meats, entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain would be abolished if the UK signed up to a Swiss-style veterinary agreement, the EU has said.

As the escalating row over Northern Ireland threatened to develop into a full-blown trade war, the EU tried to ease tensions with the publication of a new chart on Wednesday night. It gave fresh detail on alternatives to the controversial checks on fresh food, including sausages, after Brexit.

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