The charity, which supports members and veterans of the British armed forces, has reportedly emailed supporters saying it will have to “cease sales to customers in EU countries” for the foreseeable future until that the legislation surrounding Brexit is revised. .

Newspaper i reported that he could not justify the expenses, including customs fees, to send poppies abroad after Britain left the EU customs union on January 1.

Poppy call / AP Archives

Poppies are worn in October and November for Armistice Day, and the association sells them to raise funds for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

She also sells a range of poppy-shaped jewelry, clothing and accessories through her online store Poppy.

The i said he saw a copy of the email sent to supporters.

A government spokesperson told PA: “We are focused on supporting UK organizations as they adjust to our new trading relationship with the EU.

“The work of the Royal British Legion and the money they raise through their annual Poppy Appeal is extremely important and we will engage with them to ensure they get the support they need to operate in the EU. “

Poppes at the Royal British Legion / AP Archives

Businesses have faced tough new rules in the wake of Britain’s severing of ties with the EU.

Retailers, fishermen and fresh produce companies have complained that the new measures are delaying deliveries and increasing their costs due to additional customs checks and red tape.

London and Brussels are currently engaged in a battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol following unilateral action taken by the British government earlier this year to apply an extension to a transitional period.

The action was aimed at trying to help goods move more easily between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK after supermarket shelves in Northern Ireland were laid bare due to problems with export and import in early 2021.

The move was criticized by Brussels and on Thursday the UK formally requested an extension, allowing sausages, burgers and hash to continue to be sent from Britain to Northern Ireland until the 30th. September.

The European Commission is currently assessing the request.

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