The British government is reportedly preparing to launch a series of tit-for-tat trade restrictions with the European Union dubbed the “Water Wars” in response to the bloc’s ban of shellfish from the UK.
The government is said to be considering placing import restrictions on European products such as mineral water and seed potatoes. The EU had previously secured a continuity agreement for the import of seed potatoes to the UK until the end of June, however, this agreement may be scrapped if Brussels refuses to budge on the seafood restrictions.
A government source told The Telegraph: “There is thought being given to where we can leverage in other areas. We have continuity arrangements… we can stop these which means they won’t be able to sell their produce here.”
The paper claimed that discussions within the government over banning EU products began earlier this month following the European Commission’s announcement of