The government has pledged to help safeguard kosher meat supplies to Northern Ireland’s small Jewish community amid post-Brexit shortage fears.
Minister Brandon Lewis spoke to Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Board President Marie van der Zyl and two local Jewish leaders in the region, in a bid to urgently address their concerns this week.
According to the Board of Deputies, Kosher food and other items, such as lulav and etrogs for Sukkot, have been supplied to Northern Ireland’s community from Britain in a temporary arrangement after Brexit.
However, the protocol will end this deal in September, leading to fears the community of around 100 – which is struggling to remain open – could collapse without support.
Welcoming the Northern Ireland Minister pledging his full support in addition to the Government’s lead EU negotiator Lord Frost, Marie van der Zyl said: “The Belfast Jewish community is a great community with a rich history, but also an older and vulnerable one.
“We thank the Minister for his time, and urge the UK and the EU to generate a creative solution which means that Jews can continue to practise their faith in Northern Ireland.”