European Union 'tried to block kosher products', former Northern Ireland minister claims

Brandon Lewis made the comments while defending Liz Truss on Sky News


An Ex-Northern Ireland secretary has claimed that the EU tried to block Jewish access to Kosher food in the country.

Speaking on Sky News, Brandon Lewis, the MP for Great Yarmouth told Sky Presenter Niall Paterson on Monday: "Where I saw anything against the Jewish community it was coming from the EU who were trying to block the Jewish community of Northern Ireland from getting access to kosher products."

Mr Lewis was responding to questions about Liz Truss' allegations of 'wokeism' in the civil service that 'strays into antisemitism' which generated controversy last week with civil service union leaders and Labour MPs attacking her comments.

In response to questions from Patterson about the evidence for these claims, Lewis referenced "challenges in the Foreign Office" before talking about the EU in relation to Belfast's Jewish community.

Last year, it was revealed that Northern Ireland's last surviving community, Belfast Jewish Community Synagogue was threatened by Kosher meat shortages due to post-Brexit paperwork.

Synagogue Chairman Michael Black told the JC that they could potentially lose their minister, Reverend David Kale, if kosher shortages continued and that the option of importing meat from Dublin was cost-prohibitive.

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