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Board of Deputies urges EU and UK Government to find a solution to kosher food crisis in Northern Ireland
14 October 2021
“We urge both parties to continue in their efforts so we can find a solution that works for all people affected, including the local Jewish community.”
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The Board of Deputies of British Jews has been supporting the Northern Irish Jewish community, as it has struggled to access kosher goods under current arrangements, and is anxious that future supply may be unfeasible if negotiations fail between the EU and the UK. The Jewish community has engaged both the UK Government and the EU in trying to find solutions to this problem.

Responding to proposals put forward by EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, President of the Board of Deputies Marie van der Zyl said: “The Board of Deputies of British Jews notes the constructive exchange of ideas between the UK and the EU to secure long term arrangements for trade in Northern Ireland. We have been grateful for the time and consideration that the UK and the EU have given regarding Belfast’s Jewish community, who are currently struggling to access kosher goods. We urge both parties to continue in their efforts so we can find a solution that works for all people affected, including the local Jewish community.”