UK driver’s ham sandwich confiscated at Dutch border

The formalities of Brexit have led to some bewilderment at the Dutch border for UK citizens. The latest of which involves the confiscation of a UK driver’s tinfoil wrapped, ham sandwiches. 

In footage broadcasted by NPO 1, a Dutch border patrol officer can be seen quizzing a UK driver about his various tinfoiled sandwiches. When asked whether any of the sandwiches contained meat, the driver responded that they did. As a result, the sandwiches were confiscated.

Welcome to Brexit

The patrol officer explains to the driver that “since Brexit, you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff.”

The driver is left quite bewildered by this news, “really? Can I not take out the meat and leave just the bread?” he asks before laughing. The humour is felt on both sides with the Dutch official saying “welcome to the Brexit sir, I’m sorry.” To this, the driver laughs and says, “oh my god.”

The mountain of forbidden sandwiches are packed away by the officer. These are not the first or last food items to be confiscated at the border under Brexit regulations. Images of confiscated food have been circulating online.


The repercussions of Brexit have led to some confusion for UK travellers to the Netherlands in the past few days. Last week, multiple UK flight passengers were turned away at Dutch airports as they did not have sufficient documents for entry into the country.

Do you feel sorry for this man and his sandwiches? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Sarah O'Leary
Sarah O'Leary
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


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